Acceptability and Preliminary Efficacy of a Tailored Online HIV/STI Testing Intervention for Young Men who have Sex with Men: The Get Connected! Program

José A. Bauermeister, Emily S. Pingel, Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, Gary W. Harper, Keith Horvath, Gretchen Weiss, Patricia Dittus

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Abstract

Southeast Michigan accounts for over 70 % of all HIV/STI cases in the state, with young men who have sex with men (YMSM) between the ages of 13 and 24 encumbering the largest burden in HIV/STI incidence. Using community-based participatory research principles, we developed and pilot tested a web-based, randomized control trial seeking to promote HIV/STI testing (“Get Connected!”) among YMSM (N = 130; ages 15–24). Randomized participants completed a baseline assessment and shown a test-locator condition (control) or a tailored, personalized site (treatment). At 30-day follow-up, we found high acceptability among YMSM in both conditions, yet higher credibility of intervention content among YMSM in the treatment group (d = .55). Furthermore, 30 participants reported testing by following, with the majority of these participants (73.3 %; n = 22) completing the treatment condition, a clinically meaningful effect (d = .34) suggesting preliminary efficacy for the intervention. These results demonstrate the potential of the intervention, and suggest that a larger efficacy trial may be warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1860-1874
Number of pages15
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume19
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 14 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by an award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACHHO) and the MAC AIDS Fund to Dr. Bauermeister. Dr. Bauermeister was supported through a NIH Career Development Award (K01-MH087242). We thank our CAB and YAB for their contributions during the development and implementation of the intervention.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Keywords

  • Linkage to care
  • Prevention
  • Youth
  • eHealth

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