Safe in the City

Safe in the City is a video-based HIV and STD prevention intervention designed for patients in STD clinic waiting rooms. Safe in the City aims to increase condom use and other safer sex behaviors and reduce infections among patients who view the video.

Safe in the City

About Safe in the City

Safe In the City is part of a set of widely disseminated video-based interventions, which includes VOICES/VOCES (V/V) and Taking Care of Me (TCOM), that were tested in sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics and found to be cost-beneficial and effective in reducing STD incidence. Safe in the City is a 23-minute, video-based HIV and STD prevention intervention designed for patients in STD clinic waiting rooms. Safe in the City aims to increase condom use and other safer sex behaviors, and thereby reduce infections among patients who view the video.

Safe in the City can be easily integrated into the clinic waiting room, requires very little staff time to set up with no disruption to clinic flow, and requires no counseling or small-group facilitation. Safe in the City was designed as a looping video where multiple playback options allow users to customize intervention delivery.

Intervention Essential Elements

  • Increase knowledge and perception of HIV/STD risk.
  • Promote knowledge of correct condom use.
  • Promote positive attitudes toward condom use.
  • Increase intentions to use condoms.
  • Build self-efficacy for testing, facilitating partner testing and treatment.
  • Build self-efficacy for practicing safer sex, and the acquisition, negotiation, and use of condoms.
  • Build skills for facilitating partner testing and treatment.
  • Build skills for practicing safer sex, and the acquisition, negotiation, and use of condoms.
  • Model appropriate behaviors around practicing safer sex.

 Intervention Target Audience

  • STD clinic patients from diverse cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Safe in the City Training

There is no CDC-supported training currently available for Safe in the City.  Technical assistance for implementation of this intervention is available.

To request technical assistance:

  1. CDC’s directly funded health department and CBO partners may request technical assistance support by submitting a request in the CBA Tracking System.
  2. Organizations not directly funded by CDC may contact their local health department for assistance in submitting a training request.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact DHAPCBB@cdc.gov.

Implementation and Marketing Materials

The materials and resources listed below support the implementation and/or marketing of Safe in the City by health departments, community-based organizations, and health care or other organizations. The resources are evidence-based and designed for cost-effective, scalable implementation.

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