Taking Care of Me
Taking Care of Me (TCOM) is a video-based intervention developed for persons with HIV. TCOM aims to increase clients’ early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), ART adherence, and retention in HIV care.
About Taking Care of Me
Taking Care of Me (TCOM) is part of a set of widely disseminated video-based interventions, which includes VOICES/VOCES (V/V) and Safe in the City (SITC) in the City (SITC), that were tested in sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics and found to be cost-beneficial and effective in reducing STD incidence. Based on the successful model developed for this previous set of videos, TCOM draws primarily from Social Cognitive Theory (SCT), the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IMB) model, and Social Action Theory (SAT). Together, these theories address the cognitive and behavioral factors that influence behaviors related to initiation of care, adherence, retention in care, and sexual risk reduction. SCT and SAT have also been used to guide other effective video-based educational interventions, including V/V and SITC.
The TCOM video contains open captions in English or subtitles in Spanish and is played on a continuous loop. It is comprised of three short dramatic vignettes that follow the stories of three persons with HIV:
- Javier, a Latino gay man in his 20s;
- Keisha, an African American heterosexual woman in her 30s; and
- Michael, an African American gay man in his 30s.
TCOM intervention materials include waiting room posters that use images from the video designed to direct patients’ attention to the video and reinforce prevention messages.
- Increase HIV treatment initiation
- Improve viral suppression and achieve undetectable viral load
- Increase retention in HIV care
Intervention Essential Elements
- Early initiation of ART among treatment-naïve clients;
- Adherence to ART;
- Retention in care among HIV-positive patients who are already on therapy;
- Sexual risk reduction for HIV-positive minority persons; and
- Communication between HIV-positive patients and their healthcare providers.
- Effective in increasing ART initiation and adherence;
- Easy to use with no special training or space requirements;
- Highly replicable and requires very little staff time, with no disruption to routine clinic flow;
- Brief enough for patients to see most or all of it before they are called to their exam; and
- Appealing to diverse audiences.
Intervention Target Audience
- Patients attending HIV treatment clinics.
There is no CDC-supported training currently available for TCOM. Technical assistance for implementation of this intervention is available.
To request technical assistance:
- CDC’s directly funded health department and CBO partners may request technical assistance by submitting a request in the CBA Tracking System.
- Organizations not directly funded by CDC may contact their local health department for assistance in submitting a request.
If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact DHAPCBB@cdc.gov.
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