At the conclusion of this presentation attendees will be able to:
- Describe the risks associated with smoking for HIV+ persons
- Explain barriers to smoking cessation for HIV+ smokers
- Describe the results of a culturally targeted intervention for African American MSM who are HIV+
Key Points: The key points from the study are that:
- African Americans MSM who are HIV+ experience unique barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation. The results from focus groups will be presented to support this assertion.
- A smoking cessation intervention can be culturally targeted to address these barriers. Results from feedback sessions will be shown to support the acceptability and cultural appropriateness of the curriculum materials.
- The intervention has benefits for changing smoking behaviors among this population of smokers. Quantitative data from the pilot test on reduction in the number of daily cigarettes smoked and 1 and 3 month quit rates will be presented.
Educational Experience: The audience will learn the key points through didactic presentation, illustrative qualitative data, and by observing quantitative results from the pilot test of the intervention.
Benefits: The panel will describe the methods of recruitment, data collection, cultural targeting, and intervention development and evaluation for a highly underserved population of smokers. A in-depth discussion of best practices and lessons learned will facilitate the dissemination of the study results and the implementation of similar treatment programs in other areas.