Engaging Local Businesses in HIV Prevention Efforts: The Consumer Perspective

Christina M. Phillips-Guzman, Ana P. Martinez-Donate, Melbourne F. Hovell, Elaine J. Blumberg, Carol L. Sipan, Liza S. Rovniak, Norma J. Kelley

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Abstract

Participation of different community sectors, including the private business sector, is necessary to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Local businesses may be reluctant to participate in HIV prevention because of fear of negative customer reactions and loss of revenue. This study examines the extent to which residents of two communities in San Diego, California, would support HIV prevention initiatives in local businesses. A population-based household survey (N = 200) is conducted in two communities with higher versus lower risk for HIV. The survey includes questions regarding the acceptability of HIV prevention activities, such as condom and brochure distribution in businesses, and history of exposure to HIV prevention activities in local businesses. Most residents agree that (a) business involvement in prevention activities would reduce HIV (92%), (b) free or low-cost condoms available in businesses could prevent the spread of HIV (90.9%) and increase condom accessibility (87%), and (c) they would prefer to shop at businesses that supported HIV prevention versus those that did not (87.4%). These findings suggest that HIV prevention in local businesses would be supported by residents and would be unlikely to adversely affect business profits. This information could be used to design interventions to engage local businesses in HIV-prevention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)620-629
Number of pages10
JournalHealth promotion practice
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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Phillips-Guzman, C. M., Martinez-Donate, A. P., Hovell, M. F., Blumberg, E. J., Sipan, C. L., Rovniak, L. S., & Kelley, N. J. (2011). Engaging Local Businesses in HIV Prevention Efforts: The Consumer Perspective. Health promotion practice, 12(4), 620-629. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839909343166