Interventions to reduce sexual risk behavior in African American men

Rebecca A Poku, The University of Texas School of Public Health


The purpose of this review was to describe characteristics of interventions that have been conducted for African American men and identify similarities and differences between interventions for subpopulations of African American men. Of the 473 studies identified through database searching, 8 studies met the eligibility criteria for this review. Target populations within these studies included heterosexual men, homosexual and bisexual men, persons with mental health problems, and injection and non-injection drug users. Little variation was found in the theories and methods used in interventions for different target populations. However, several different behavioral determinants were addressed within these interventions. Although interventions for drug users generally did not exclude individuals based on sexual orientation, these interventions were able to address HIV sexual risk behavior in heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual-identified men. Given these findings, multi-faceted approaches to HIV prevention are recommended in order to reduce HIV risk in African American men.

Subject Area

Black studies|Public health|African American Studies

Recommended Citation

Poku, Rebecca A, "Interventions to reduce sexual risk behavior in African American men" (2007). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1445311.