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PHAT Life: Peer Versus Adult-Led HIV Prevention for Juvenile Offenders

September 26, 2019


PHAT Life: Preventing HIV/AIDS Among Teens is a program created to help youth on juvenile probation make healthy choices regarding sexual health and substance use. This study seeks to compare the impact of PHAT Life on 350 13-17 year-old offenders’ when delivered by Youth Representatives (YR) vs. Probation Staff (PS). The study will also compare the cost and cost-effectiveness of using YR vs. PS to deliver the program.


Study Information

This is a randomized study of approximately 400 participants. Individuals will be assigned to either a YR or a PS arm, and participate in 8 2 hour sessions delivered over 2 weeks. The study began on March 17th 2019 and is estimated to conclude in August 2021.


Inclusion Criteria

  • Remanded to a probation program
  • 13-17 years old
  • Fluent in English
  • Not wards of the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
  • Not already received the PHAT Life intervention.


Exclusion Criteria

  • Are unable to understand the consent/assent process
  • Do not speak English
  • Do not assent
  • Legal guardians do not consent to teens’ participation
  • Younger than 13 or older than 17
  • Are not on probation or remanded to a probation program
  • Are wards of the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
  • Have already received the PHAT Life intervention.



The study is taking place at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States. For more information, please contact Erin McCarville, MPH on 312-996-1014 or at


Sponsors / Collaborators

The study is sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Principal Investigator is Geri Donenberg, PhD.

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