An HIV risk reduction program for incarcerated female youth

In recent years, there has been a rapid increase in HIV infection rates among women. Young females in particular have been disproportionately affected. Current HIV prevention interventions fail to meet the needs of those young females who are at highest risk for HIV. Incarcerated female youth are at particularly greater risk due to their life circumstances and propensity to take risks. The current program is _different from other programs in that it strives to address HIV prevention within the context of interpersonal relationships rather than relying solely on knowledge acquisition and skills building. Objectives of the twelve-week curriculum are to increase self-esteem, increase self-efficacy, identify resources within themselves and the relationships in their lives, and learn effective communication skills.