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Using Intervention Mapping to develop a programme to prevent sexually transmittable infections, including HIV, among heterosexual migrant men

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-7-141

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First a needs assessment was carried out. Then, a literature review was done, key figures were interviewed and seven group discussions were held. Subsequently, the results were translated into specific objectives ("change objectives") and used in intervention development for two subgroups: men with an Afro-Caribbean background and unmarried men with a Turkish and Moroccan background. A matrix of change objectives was made for each subgroup and suitable theoretical methods and practical strategies were selected. Culturally-tailored interventions were designed and were pre-tested among the target groups.This development process resulted in two interventions for specific subgroups that were appreciated by both the target groups and the migrant prevention workers. The project took place in collaboration with a university center, which provided an opportunity to get expert advice at every step of the Intervention Mapping process. At relevant points of the development process, migrant health educators and target group members provided advice and feedback on the draft intervention materials.This intervention development project indicates that careful well-informed intervention development using Intervention Mapping is feasible in the daily practice of the MPHS, provided that sufficient time and expertise on this approach is available. Further research should test the effectiveness of these interventions.The number of registered new sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the Netherlands has been increasing for several years [1], and reinforcement and extension of preventive actions is necessary. In the Netherlands, as well as in other Western European countries, ethnic minority groups originating from countries with a high prevalence of heterosexually transmitted HIV (Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean region) have higher HIV incidence levels. These groups are therefore recognized as important target populations for prevention [1-4]. Heterosexual migrant men are a priority gro


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