Reduction in a high-risk sex script among young urban women in the Love, Sex, & Choices web video HIV prevention intervention study

Res Nurs Health. 2018 Dec;41(6):535-543. doi: 10.1002/nur.21912. Epub 2018 Oct 3.


For women, the high-risk sex script of condomless sex to maintain relationships with men is concerning, particularly in regard to heterosexual HIV acquisition. This secondary analysis of data from a clinical trial evaluated the effect of a 12-episode, web-based video series intervention, entitled Love, Sex, and Choices, versus a text message control on lowering the high-risk sex script. The sample comprised 238 predominately urban Black women, ages 18-29, having HIV sex risk behavior. Data were collected at baseline and 6 months post-intervention. The Sex Script Video Response score was used to measure a high-risk sex script. HIV sex risk behavior was measured by Vaginal Equivalent Episodes with high-risk partners. At baseline, lower education, younger age at first sexual intercourse, and alcohol/non-injection drug use before sex were positively associated with a high-risk sex script. At baseline, as the high-risk sex script increased by one log unit, sex risk behavior increased by 0.47 log units (p < 0.001), equivalent to a 60% increase in the geometric mean of sex risk behavior. ANCOVA analysis indicated that from baseline to 6-months post intervention, lowering the high-risk sex script by one unit was associated with an additional reduction of 0.26 units in sex risk behavior. Compared to the text messages, the LSC video series was associated with a 27% greater reduction in the geometric mean of the sex script (p = 0.03). Further investigation into the effect of lowering sex scripts to reduce sex risk behavior is recommended.

Keywords: HIV risk; sex scripts; web-based soap opera video intervention; women.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Love*
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Sexual Partners
  • Unsafe Sex / prevention & control*
  • Urban Population
  • Videotape Recording*
  • Young Adult