Sex on premises venue (SOPV) health promotion project in response to sustained increases in HIV notifications

Mullens, Amy, Staunton, Shaun, Debattista, Joseph, Hamernik, Elisabeth, & Gill, Darren (2009) Sex on premises venue (SOPV) health promotion project in response to sustained increases in HIV notifications. Sexual Health, 6(1), pp. 41-44.

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Abstract

Background: Due to increases in HIV notifications in Queensland, a health promotion outreach project was developed with sex on premises venues (SOPV) in Brisbane. Methods: A health promotion officer (HPO) promoted safer sex behaviours among SOPV patrons over 14 months, including providing information, counselling and skills to enhance safer sexual behaviours and providing referrals. Surveys were introduced to facilitate discussions regarding HIV/sexually transmissible infections, testing and safer sex practices. Results: The project demonstrated feasibility within this highly sexualised environment, and was enhanced by careful monitoring and revising the procedure to improve patron/staff responses to the project. The introduction of a survey instrument was a significant contributor to the project’s effectiveness, providing opportunities for patrons to discuss a variety of key sexual health issues. Conclusions: This initiative reflected effective partnering between the Health Department, a community HIV/lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisation and private industry. Despite initial difficulties, the presence of a health worker within an SOPV was acceptable to patrons and allowed for brief interventions to be conducted. This project was deemed effective for a limited time period and within certain constraints.

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ID Code: 32870
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Brief Intervention, Gay Men, Health Promotion, Sexual Health
DOI: 10.1071/SH07087
ISSN: 1448-5028
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 CSIRO
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2010 22:20
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 09:22

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