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Skills training reduced sexual risk behaviours in homeless men with mental illness

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Question Can a skills training intervention reduce sexual risk behaviours in homeless men who have mental illness?


Randomised controlled trial with 6 and 18 months follow up.


200 bed municipal men's shelter in New York City, New York, USA.


97 men attending a psychiatric outreach programme. 59 of the men were sexually active at baseline (defined as having had vaginal or oral sex in the past 6 mo); most were ≥35 years of age (58%), African-American (58%) or Latino (35%), had not completed high school (56%), and had psychiatric diagnoses of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (57%) or major or bipolar depression (27%). For sexually active men, follow up was 100% at 6 months and 95% at 18 months.


52 men were allocated to the Sex, Games, and Videotapes (SexG) intervention, which involved 15 interactive …

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  • Sources of funding: US National Institute of Mental Health and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • For correspondence: Dr E Susser, Columbia University: New York State Psychiatric Institute, 722 W 168th Street, Box 24, New York, NY 10032, USA. Fax +1 212 795 9768.