Outcomes of an HIV prevention peer group intervention for rural adults in Malawi

Health Educ Behav. 2011 Apr;38(2):159-70. doi: 10.1177/1090198110378588. Epub 2011 Mar 10.


This study used a quasi-experimental design to evaluate a six-session peer group intervention for HIV prevention among rural adults in Malawi. Two rural districts were randomly assigned to intervention and control conditions. Independent random samples of community adults compared the districts at baseline and at 6 and 18 months postintervention. Using multiple regressions controlling for six demographic factors, intervention district adults had significantly more favorable outcomes at 6- and 18-month evaluations for condom attitudes, self-efficacy for community prevention, self-efficacy for practicing safer sex, partner communication, using condoms ever in the past 2 months, and community prevention activities. Knowledge and hope for controlling the epidemic were significantly higher in the intervention district only at the 6-month evaluation; having a recent HIV test was significantly higher only at 18 months. Levels of stigma and the number of risky sex practices did not decrease when demographic factors were controlled. Expanding peer group intervention for HIV prevention would benefit rural adults.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Harm Reduction
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Malawi
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Program Evaluation
  • Rural Health
  • Safe Sex / psychology*
  • Safe Sex / statistics & numerical data
  • Self Efficacy
  • Sexual Partners