2008 Sex::Tech Conference

Greg Rebchook, Alberto Curotto, H. Fisher Raymond. The HIV Risk Behaviors of Young Gay/Bisexual Men Recruited from Online Venues

This presentation is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the online activity and HIV risk behavior of San Francisco Bay Area gay and bisexual men, ages 18-24, who visit online venues. HIV prevention professionals, researchers, community providers and members, and public health officials may be interested in the project’s results. The presentation will discuss the background, methods, results, and implications of San Francisco’s recently completed web-based HIV Behavioral Surveillance project (WHBS). This project was funded by the CDC. Technologies in this project included online banner ads that were used to recruit participants from online venues (e.g., gay.com, manhunt.com, myspace.com), an interactive website that screened potential participants for eligibility, web forms that collected informed consent, and a web-based survey that collected all the data. Data collection occurred in two waves: Wave 1: 3/01/06-4/26/06; Wave 2: 4/16/07-8/06/07. In Wave 1, 131 young men completed the survey, and 313 young men took the survey during Wave 2. In both waves of data collection, over one-third of local participants reported unprotected anal intercourse, potentially putting themselves and others at risk for HIV infection.

Marguerita Lightfoot. Evaluation Results of Interactive Computerized HIV-Prevention Interventions

Adolescents’ contact with the criminal justice system is associated with a number of long-term negative adult outcomes: unemployment, substance abuse, and incarceration. Delinquent youth have multiple sexual partners, frequent unprotected sexual risk acts, high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and substance use, as well as gang involvement. HIV prevention is highly efficacious with adolescents; however, a successful program has not been developed for these youth. We will report on a project that examined changes in sexual behavior of high-risk adolescents who received one of three interventions: 1) a computerized intervention; 2) a small-group intervention; and 3) control group. We tested the hypothesis that a computerized intervention would be as efficacious as an in-person, small-group intervention in reducing sexual risk behaviors. Results indicated that adolescents in the computerized intervention were significantly less likely to engage in sexual activity and reported significantly fewer sexual partners. This presentation will discuss the development of the computerized intervention and the implications of these findings.

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