Building Community Through a Mobile-Optimized, Online Health Promotion Intervention.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Both young Black men who have sex with men as well as young Black transgender women (YBMSM/TW) continue to experience a significant increase in HIV incidence. (HMP) is a mobile phone-optimized, online intervention for both YBMSM/TW to build community and facilitate supportive relationships.


To assess the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes, a 1-month pilot trial of HMP among 15 YBMSM/TW was conducted.


Retention was 100%. Mean age was 26 years, 60% were HIV-infected, 87% earned <$21,000, and 67% were uninsured. Despite the small sample size and limited intervention length, statistically significant improvements were seen in social support (p = .012), social isolation (p = .050), and depressive symptoms (p = .045).


The HMP pilot trial demonstrated feasibility and acceptability. Given the burden of the epidemic among YBMSM/TW, there is an imperative to develop, test, and scale up culturally appropriate interventions to both prevent HIV acquisition and limit onward transmission.

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Cited Authors

  • Hightow-Weidman, LB; Muessig, KE; Pike, EC; LeGrand, S; Baltierra, N; Rucker, AJ; Wilson, P

Published Date

  • August 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 493 - 499

PubMed ID

  • 25588932

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4501897

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6127

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1090-1981

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1090198114562043


  • eng