Translation of basic research in cognitive science to HIV-risk: a randomized controlled trial

Alan W. Stacy*, Liesl A. Nydegger, Yusuke Shono

*Corresponding author for this work

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Many people enrolled in drug diversion programs are not receiving evidence-based prevention for HIV or hepatitis. This study translated basic research from cognitive science to increase screening for infection and condom use in this population. A parallel three-condition randomized trial was conducted in a drug diversion sample (N = 358), comparing a memory practice condition with two active control conditions. Outcomes were condom use frequency and testing for infection (hepatitis B/C, HIV). At 3-month follow-up, participants in the memory practice condition were at least twice as likely (OR = 2.10 or greater, p <.01) to self-report testing compared to those in the control conditions and also reported more frequent condom use compared to a health education condition [B =.37, t(1) = 2.02, p =.02]. Basic research on memory can be effectively translated to brief interventions on infection screening and risk prevention in existing drug diversion programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-451
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 15 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive science
  • Condom use
  • Hepatitis
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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