eHealth literacy and intervention tailoring impacts the acceptability of a HIV/STI testing intervention and sexual decision making among young gay and bisexual men

Keith J. Horvath, José A. Bauermeister

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Abstract

We assessed whether young men who have sex with men’s acceptability with the online Get Connected! intervention and subsequent sexual health decision making were influenced by their baseline eHealth literacy (high vs. low competency) and intervention tailoring (tailored or nontailored intervention condition). Compared to the high eHealth literacy/tailored intervention group: (1) Those in the low eHealth literacy/tailored intervention condition and participants in the nontailored intervention condition (regardless of eHealth literacy score) reported lower intervention information quality scores; and (2) those in the low eHealth literacy/nontailored intervention group reported lower intervention system quality scores and that the intervention had less influence on their sexual health decision making. Future similar intervention research should consider how eHealth literacy might influence participants’ abilities to navigate intervention content and integrate it into their sexual decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-23
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2017

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 and Dr. Horvath were supported through a NIH grant during the development of this manuscript (1U19HD089881-01-8780). We thank the participants for their time and effort on this study. We thank Emily Pingel, Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, Patricia Dittus, Gary Harper, our Community Advisory Board (CAB), and Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for their contributions during the development and implementation of the intervention.

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