Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

NIDA CTN-0018: Reducing HIV/STD Risk Behaviors: A Research Study for Men in Drug Abuse Treatment

Drug treatment itself can have a powerful positive effect on HIV drug use risk behavior, especially needle use behaviors.  However, sexual risk behavior has received less attention and has been shown to be more difficult to change.  Research suggests that skills-based HIV risk reduction interventions with peer group discussion and single sex sessions can reduce risky sexual behavior.  This study evaluated a five-session HIV risk reduction group therapy designed specifically for men, “Real Men Are Safe” (REMAS).  This therapy was compared to one session of HIV education, which is typically provided as standard care in drug treatment clinics.

Part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network. The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute serves as the Regional Research and Training Center (RRTC) of the Pacific Northwest Node. The Pacific Northwest Node was the Lead Node of this project.


Donald A. Calsyn, PhD Lead Investigator (UW ADAI)

Project Staff

Mary Hatch-Maillette, PhD

Fund Information

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Start: April 2004
End: September 2005
Status: completed

Project Site

CTN Dissemination Library protocol page for CTN-0018

Project Results

The motivational and skills training HIV prevention program (REMAS) was associated with greater sexual risk reduction over a standard HIV education session, suggesting that substance abuse treatment programs can help reduce sexual risk among their patients by providing not only information but also practice skills.

Citation: Calsyn D, et al. Motivational and skills training HIV/sexually transmitted infection sexual risk reduction groups for men. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2009;37:138-150. [free online]