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Journal of Addiction Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ADM.0b013e3182a3b603
Original Research

HIV Testing and Sexual Risk Reduction Counseling in Office-Based Buprenorphine/Naloxone Treatment

Edelman, E. Jennifer MD, MHS; Moore, Brent A. PhD; Caffrey, Sarah MA; Sikkema, Kathleen J. PhD; Jones, Emlyn S. MD, MPH; Schottenfeld, Richard S. MD; Fiellin, David A. MD; Fiellin, Lynn E. MD

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Objectives: We assessed the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing with sexual risk reduction counseling for opioid-dependent patients initiating office-based buprenorphine/naloxone treatment.

Methods: We conducted a 14-week randomized, controlled trial with 30 patients (original target of 114) assigned to receive buprenorphine/naloxone induction/stabilization and HIV testing with Brief Sexual Risk Management (BSRM) or Enhanced Sexual Risk Management (ESRM). We evaluated process measures and compared outcomes at baseline and during the 3-month follow-up.

Results: Similar proportions of patients receiving BSRM and ESRM underwent HIV testing (93% vs 80%; P = 0.28) and completed counseling sessions (80% vs 67%; P = 0.40). Brief Sexual Risk Management sessions were shorter than ESRM sessions (15.4 vs 23.4 minutes), with comparable manual adherence (P = 0.80). Outcomes did not vary by BSRM versus ESRM.

Conclusions: Although the recruitment of opioid-dependent patients with sexual risk behaviors is challenging, HIV testing with sexual risk reduction counseling in office-based buprenorphine/naloxone treatment practice is feasible. Interventions to decrease sexual risk behaviors among a segment of this population are necessary.

© 2013 American Society of Addiction Medicine

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