Straight Talk on HIV Prevention: Hablando Claro
Funding Agency: Office of Women's Health
Funding Period: September 2009 - September 2014
The purpose of Hablando Claro is to reduce HIV infection among US Latina teens and their female family members by adapting The Teen Health Project, an existing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Intervention (DEBI) model to the Latina cultural context. This project is being implemented in Los Angeles County and involves collaboration with numerous community partners, including the Padres en Acción in Paramount and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach. Hablando Claro emphasizes the importance of HIV/AIDS risk reduction, communication between women within Latino families, and the promotion of self-efficacy and emotional wellbeing. More than 200 Latina adults and youth will receive HIV prevention education and testing outreach through their participation in the project each year. Hablando Claro participation involves a two-day training and workshop, as well as follow-up and monthly support groups.