An adaptation of the Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics about AIDS (SISTA) Project, TWISTA is a social-skills training intervention for African American transgender male to female women. It is aimed at reducing HIV sexual risk behavior. It is comprised of five 2-hour sessions, delivered by peer facilitators in a community-based setting. The sessions are gender-specific and culturally relevant and include behavioral skills practice, group discussions, lectures, role-playing, viewing of prevention videos, and take-home exercises.
Core elements are critical features of an intervention’s intent and design and are responsible for its effectiveness; they must be maintained WITHOUT alteration. Staff providing this intervention must have completed the required training.
The following are the core elements of TWISTA
To date we have implemented TWISTA to more than 300 Transwomen!
ARTAS (Anti-Retroviral Treatment
and Access to Service)
Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) is an intervention designed to link individuals who have been recently diagnosed with HIV to medical care. ARTAS is based on a case management model that encourages a client to establish an effective working relationship with a Linkage Coordinator.