Hablando Claro | Straight Talk, Clear Talk on HIV Prevention

Hablando Claro was a multi-generational prevention intervention that aimed to bridge the gap between communication and sexual health among Latina teens ages 12-18 and their family members. This project focused on providing a cultural and linguistic approach when conducting a session that covers sexual, physical, and mental well-being. Hablando Claro is a project particularly focused more on families with female immigrants who lacked HIV/AIDS knowledge and prevention techniques. Hablando Claro’s partners were the CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Paramount Community Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and Bienstar, Inc. The Hablando Claro intervention included a 1-hour pre-registration session, two 4-hour educational sessions, free confidential HIV testing, an onsite behavioral therapist, and monthly support groups. 


The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)


For the pilot phase I, the project surpassed its recruitment target, with 103 participants, which included 44 adults and 59 adolescents. For the pilot phase II, the project aimed to target 210 participants; 60 adults and 160 adolescents. The actual participation total was 301, with 129 adults and 173 adolescents participating. For the intervention phase, 79 adults and 105 adolescents (184 total), participated in the intervention. 

The Hablando Claro program results revealed the following changes from pre-test to post-test and three month follow up in at risk youth and parent sample: 

  • Successful and significant increase in HIV/AIDS knowledge in youth and adults 
  • At the three month follow up, the youths knowledge on HIV/AIDS decreased slightly
  • At the three month follow, parents knowledge on HIV/AIDS remained the same from  post-test
  • Successful and significant increase in the frequency of mother-daughter communication from both the mother and daughter 
  • Successful and significant increase in the comfortability of the mother-daughter communication with one another
  • Successful and significant increase in the frequency of partner communication among youth and parent
  • Successful and significant increase in comfortability of partner communication among youth and parent