Considering the lack of validated stigma reduction interventions for youth living with HIV (YLWH), we evaluated effects of the Healthy Choices intervention on HIV-related stigma among YLWH. We analyzed data from the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network protocol 129, multi-site randomized controlled trial, applying latent growth curve modeling with two linear slopes estimating changes in Berger’s Stigma Scale pre-intervention, 16, 28, and 52 weeks post-intervention, as well as the trajectory of stigma scores over the follow-up period (N = 183). Expected value for the growth intercept was statistically significant (Bintercept = 2.53; 95% CI 2.32, 2.73; p < 0.001), as were differences in the change from baseline to 16-week follow-up (Bintercept slope1 = − 0.02; 95% CI − 0.04, 0.01; p = 0.034). Expected value of the slope factor measuring growth over the follow-up period was non-significant suggesting that stigma scores were stable from 28 to 52 weeks. Our findings warrant replication and additional research comparing effects of this intervention to counterfactual controls.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases
- Motivational interviewing