The need for better HIV, gender-based violence, and drug use prevention with couples
Couples-based interventions provide an opportunity to address interpersonal and dyadic factors attributed to gender-based violence, alcohol and other drug use, safe sex and condom use, and communication and negotiation skills in a format that engages both partners. This partnered approach may reduce the risk for HIV acquisition. However, few intersectional couples-based interventions exist or have been proven efficacious. RTI researchers implemented and assessed the impact of using the Couples Health CoOp (CHC) intervention to reduce gender-based violence, drug use, and HIV risk in couples in South Africa.