Skip to main content

Effective Interventions

Essential Elements 

About Safe in the City

Safe in the City is a 23 minute video-based HIV/STD prevention intervention designed for patients in STD clinic waiting rooms. The video aims to increase condom use and other safer sex behaviors, and thereby reduce infections among patients who view the video. Safe in the City can be easily integrated into the clinic waiting room, requires very little staff time to set up with no disruption to clinic flow, and requires no counseling or small-group facilitation. Safe in the City was designed as a looping video where multiple playback options allow users to customize intervention delivery.

Quick Facts About Safe in the City:

The Safe in the City research article was released on June 24, 2008, at 8 AM ET. The Safe in the City (SITC) homepage launched at that same time and within a few hours, we had received over 50 online requests for the SITC kit. In its first five months, the Safe in the City homepage was viewed on the Effective Interventions site more than 12,000 times.

CDC received close to 2,000 requests for the SITC kit, many of which were duplicate requests from staff at the same agency. In response, CDC disseminated over 1200 SITC kits to STD, Health Service, and Family Planning clinics, Health Departments, and Universities. By September 2008, CDC had depleted their initial inventory of SITC kits. Additional kits were ordered from the supplier. However, demand continued to overwhelm the supply. 

To accommodate those agencies who could most effectively implement SITC, CDC established the following shipping priorities for receiving the kit:

  • 1st Priority: STD, Health Services, and Family Planning clinics
  • 2nd Priority: Health Departments
  • 3rd  Priority: University Student Health Centers, University Research, and Hospitals

All other agencies that requested the kit and did not fall within CDC's priority categories were encouraged to access the online Safe in the City resources from this site. 

Kits were shipped (based upon availability) within 7-14 days of receiving the online request. Due to limited supply, one kit was provided per agency. For additional copies of the DVD, agencies were asked to make duplicates of the one they received or download the materials from this site.

The inventory of SITC kits was depleted at the end of September 2009 and the online request form for receiving the kit by mail was removed.  During this time, the SITC kit was available only by download. In May 2010, due to heavy demand, CDC replenished the inventory of SITC kits. In November 2018, the online request form was removed permanently and the kit is only available for download.  

The Safe in the City kit includes the 23-minute educational DVD, display posters, and User's Guide. Download the Safe in the City kit

A note for school-based programs: Safe in the City is not designed for or evaluated with children or adolescents. Therefore, CDC is not supporting the distribution of the Safe in the City materials for use as a primary or secondary school-based or adolescent HIV/STD prevention strategy. 

Capacity Building Branch:    Phone: 404.718.7850    E-mail:
© Copyright 2019 Effective Interventions    View Our Privacy Policy