Even if you build it, we may not come: Correlates of non-attendance at a sexual risk reduction workshop for STD clinic patients

Theresa E. Senn, Michael P. Carey, Peter A Vanable, Patricia Coury-Doniger, Marguerite Urban

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Sexual risk reduction interventions have been shown to reduce sexual risk behavior; however, attendance at these interventions is sometimes disappointingly low. To improve recruitment efforts, we investigated whether patient characteristics were associated with non-attendance at a single-session, sexual risk reduction intervention. Patients from an STD clinic (N = 990; 48% female; 64% African American) who were eligible and who agreed to participate in a randomized, clinical trial were invited to a 4-h, sexual risk reduction workshop. Fifty-six percent of those who were invited attended the workshop. Those who did not attend were more likely to be younger, male, Caucasian, and employed. Attendance did not differ as a function of sexual behavior or infection status. These findings identify the population sub-groups who are likely to require special effort to attract to a workshop. We encourage more effective marketing and recruitment approaches for sexual risk reduction programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)864-871
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007



  • Health promotion
  • HIV
  • Intervention studies
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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