Self-Monitoring Helps Reduce High-Risk Behavior Among HIV-Positive People, UCLA Study Finds

There are many effective, albeit expensive, intervention programs aimed at encouraging HIV-positive people to practice less risky behavior. But a new UCLA AIDS Institute study has found that self-monitoring by these patients is not only an effective strategy but is inexpensive and easy to implement as well. By simply having patients answer a series of questions about their sexual behavior while waiting for regularly scheduled medical examinations, researchers found that people living with HIV took steps to change their behavior. The study is published in the July issue of the journal AIDS Care.