Focus on the Future (FOF) is an evidence-based intervention about correct and consistent condom use. It is for HIV negative 18- to 29-year-old African-American men who have sex with women, have used a condom within the last three months, and report symptoms or have been newly diagnosed with an STD.
FOF is designed to be delivered in a STD clinic setting by a specially trained Peer Health Advisor who is a peer recruited from the target community or population. Following registration at a clinic or an STI diagnosis, clients are asked to meet with the Peer Health Advisor for a 45-60 minute session. During the session the Peer Health Advisor establishes rapport with the client, discusses and addresses the client's barriers to condom use, advises on avoiding errors when using condoms, and even practices correct condom and lubricant use with the client a few times. At the end of the session, the client is provided a selection of different types of condoms and water-based lubricants and allowed to take some with him.
FOF supports public health priorities to integrate HIV prevention into STD services and engage the community in the design and delivery of STD-related services, in order to enhance outcomes and promote health equity.