HOPE Social Media Intervention for HIV Testing and Studying Social Networks

Conditions:HIV / AIDS
Therapuetic Areas:Immunology / Infectious Diseases
Age Range:18 - 89
Start Date:May 2015
End Date:December 2020
Contact:Sean Young, PhD

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This study [HOPE: Harnessing Online Peer Education] seeks to determine the efficacy of using
online social networks to scale peer community leader models to increase HIV prevention
within African-American and Latino men who have sex with men. The peer community leader
model, which teaches community popular opinion leaders about how to disseminate behavior
changes messages throughout the community, has been proven to increase HIV prevention
behaviors. Social networks such as Facebook.com may be a cost-effective platform for scaling
these models. Primarily upper middle-class White populations used the Internet in its early
years, however, Internet use within African-American and Latino households has recently
increased dramatically, especially on online social networks such as Facebook.com. People
using the Internet may be at the highest risk for contracting HIV and are using novel
Internet approaches to find sex partners, such as through online social networks. This is the
first study to examine the effectiveness of the HOPE social media intervention to increase
HIV testing among at-risk groups in the United States.

Inclusion Criteria:

- 18 years of age or older

- Male

- Sexually active with another man in the last 12 months

- Willing and capable of understanding and assenting to an online informed consent form

- Has (or willing to create) a social media page.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Does not satisfy inclusion criteria
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