A pilot, web-based HIV/STI prevention intervention targeting at-risk Mexican American adolescents: Feasibility, acceptability, and lessons learned.

Angela Chen, Marguerita Lightfoot, Laura Szalacha, C. S. Lindenberg

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Abstract

Information technology provides new avenues to increase opportunities to deliver HIV/STI prevention interventions in a confidential, sensitive, and engaging manner for youth. While technology-based HIV/STI interventions show promise in preventing HIV/STI among different populations, few have targeted young Latinas. This pilot study examined the feasibility and acceptability of a bilingual, web-based HIV/STIprevention intervention among Latino females aged 15-19. We used a mix-method approach, including a prospective 2-group design with 3 repeated measures, and a post-intervention focus group discussion. We recruited 14 participants from an alternative high school and randomized into each study condition. Participants took 5 structurally equivalent modules focusing on either HIV/STI prevention (intervention) or nutrition/exercise (comparison) and completed assessments before the intervention, immediately post-intervention, and 2 months post-intervention. The findings suggested that the intervention had high levels of feasibility and acceptability. We discuss the keys to success, challenges encountered, and future directions
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages7
JournalGSTF Journal of Nursing and Health Care
Volume4
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2017

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