The U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for reductions in new HIV infections by the year 2020, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Although electronically delivered health services have been found to be an effective way to deliver HIV prevention information, very few interventions target YMSM. But findings from a new study suggest an electronically delivered HIV prevention intervention may be effective in reducing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexual risk behaviors in this group.
Developing programs that target YMSM is especially important, as HIV incidence is high in this group and diagnoses have been increasing. “We will not reach the goals of the National AIDS Strategy to significantly reduce new infections in the United States without new innovative approaches to help YMSM reduce their risk for HIV,” said study lead author Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The Keep It Up! 2.0 (KIU!) eHealth intervention program consists of seven modules that use videos, interactive animation, and games to increase participant’s knowledge related to HIV prevention and to motivate them to engage in HIV preventative behaviors. It is tailored to racially and ethnically diverse English speaking YMSM.