Testing the Efficacy of an HIV Prevention Intervention Among Latina Immigrants Living in Farmworker Communities in South Florida

  • Patria RojasEmail author
  • Daisy Ramírez-Ortiz
  • Weize Wang
  • E. Valerie Daniel
  • Mariana Sánchez
  • Miguel Ángel Cano
  • Gira J. Ravelo
  • Ronald Braithwaite
  • Nilda Peragallo Montano
  • Mario De La Rosa
Original Paper


Latina immigrants living in farmworker communities are a population in need of HIV risk reduction interventions due to their high risk for HIV and their limited access to health care and prevention services. The present study is the first to evaluate the efficacy of SEPA intervention on a cohort of 234 pre-established Latina immigrants living in farmworker communities in South Florida. SEPA is a CDC evidenced-based and Latinx culturally tailored HIV risk reduction intervention. Data were collected through structured interviews at baseline and 6-months post intervention and were analyzed using generalized linear mixed modeling. Results showed that SEPA was effective on increasing condom use during vaginal and anal sex with male partners, self-efficacy for condom use, intentions to negotiate safe sex and HIV-related knowledge from baseline to 6-months post intervention. These findings contribute to the evidence supporting the efficacy of SEPA by confirming previous results and demonstrating the efficacy of this intervention for Latinas of diverse backgrounds.


HIV/AIDS Intervention Latina/o Immigrant Farmworkers 



This research study was funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (Grant No. NIMHD- P20 MD002288-10) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Grant No. K01 AA025992). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The authors would like to acknowledge Maria A. Khalona and all the interviewers for their work on data collection and management, Arnaldo Gonzalez for his editing assistance, the community partner MUJER, Inc. for their support and all women for their participation.

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All authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures to report.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patria Rojas
    • 1
    • 2
    • 6
    Email author
  • Daisy Ramírez-Ortiz
    • 3
  • Weize Wang
    • 1
  • E. Valerie Daniel
    • 2
  • Mariana Sánchez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Miguel Ángel Cano
    • 1
    • 3
  • Gira J. Ravelo
    • 1
  • Ronald Braithwaite
    • 4
  • Nilda Peragallo Montano
    • 5
  • Mario De La Rosa
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA), Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  4. 4.Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and PsychiatryMorehouse School of MedicineAtlantaGeorgia
  5. 5.School of NursingUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  6. 6.Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA), Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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