BSSV program offers seminar on safer sex for APA staff

The seminar was based on two evidence-based interventions offered by the CDC regarding negotiating healthy relationships and safe sex

The Behavioral and Social Science Volunteers Program, housed within the Office on AIDS, hosted a "brown bag lunch" seminar on March 23, 2011 for APA staff at the headquarters building in Washington, DC.

Titled “Behind Closed Doors — Healthy Relationships: Negotiating Safer Sex,” this women-only seminar commemorated March 10 as Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The seminar was based on two evidence-based interventions offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding negotiating healthy relationships and safe sex: SISTA (Informing Sisters About Topics on AIDS) and Healthy Relationships. The BSSV Program provides technical assistance to community-based organizations regarding these two interventions and offered this information to staff as part of APA’s health and wellness activities.

The interactive program offered discussion of triggers and barriers to negotiating safer sex, role playing and practice of sexual assertiveness, and communication skills, plus use of popular movie clips to illustrate concepts and engage in further discussion and practice of communication skills addressing safer sex decisions and behaviors.