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Real Men Are Safe (REMAS): A Gender-Focused HIV and Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Men in Substance Abuse Treatment.

Seattle, WA: CTN Pacific Northwest Node, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, September 2009.

Donald A. Calsyn, PhD (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, PN Node), Sara B. Berns, PhD (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, PN Node) Mary Hatch-Maillette, PhD (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, PN Node), Susan Tross, PhD (Columbia University, NY Psychiatric Institute, LI Node).

This manual was developed by the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Gender Specific HIV Prevention Intervention Protocol Development Team and used by male counselors delivering the Real Men Are Safe (REMAS) intervention to substance abuse treatment clients enrolled in protocol CTN-0018, "Reducing HIV/STD Risk Behaviors: A Research Study for Men in Drug Abuse Treatment." It is a five-session group-delivered intervention package designed to help clients in substance abuse treatment reduce their HIV risk. In the clinical trial men in substance abuse treatment were randomly assigned to attend the REMAS intervention or a single session HIV Education (HIV Ed) which served as a standardized control group representing treatment as usual for CTN community treatment programs. The trial provided compelling evidence of the effectiveness of REMAS (see Calsyn et al., 2009).

REMAS has been designated a "Promising-Evidence Intervention" by the Centers for Disease Control.

The download package includes: The REMAS Manual itself (in PDF format); two PowerPoint slideshows feature all of the flip charts used in the intervention: the "print" set has one copy of each chart in numerical order, suitable for printing; the "session" version features the flip charts in the order they are referred to in the manual themselves, suitable for use in actual sessions; and a "Certificate of Completion" can be downloaded and adapted for your participants.

To download the REMAS Manual files, click here.

(Manual, PDF, English, 2009)

Keywords: Community health services | Condom use | Counselors | Gender-specific interventions | HIV/AIDS | Real Men Are Safe (REMAS) | Sexual risk behavior | Sexually transmitted diseases | Training

Document No: 397

Submitted by Donald A. Calsyn, Lead Investigator CTN-0018.

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