Through routine screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, medical providers are able to motivate behavior change. Although established models rely on quantitative measures, doing so requires time and ability to score each. Listening for verbal cues, however, could simplify the process of suggesting HIV screenings. Using mixed methods to identify verbal indicators for readiness to change, this article conducted two phases of study. First using quantitative means of identifying participant’s knowledge of HIV, perceptions of safer sex, and readiness to change safer sex behaviors (N = 487). Interviews were then conducted exploring the possibility of verbal markers for one’s readiness to change (n = 25). Results confirmed the use of verbal markers when discussing perceptions of risk. Identification of verbal markers, at three stages of change, provides new possibilities for medical providers’ such as providing time saving and effective tools when seeking to motivate HIV and STI testing, and other safer sex behaviors.
Asking Numbers to Speak: Verbal Markers and Stages of Change.