"Let's Talk About Sex": pilot study of an interactive CD-ROM to prevent HIV/STIS in female adolescents.

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Journal Article

The purpose of this study was to develop and pilot-test an interactive CD-ROM aimed at the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in female adolescents. The CD-ROM includes prevention information, models skills for negotiating abstinence and consistent condom use, teaches media literacy, and allows the user to choose a culturally appropriate host to guide them through the CD-ROM. Forty-seven female adolescents attending a health department clinic were randomized to receive the CD-ROM plus an educator-led didactic session versus the didactic session alone. The CD-ROM was highly acceptable and feasible for use among female adolescents in the clinic setting. Hispanic and African American adolescents were more likely to choose hosts of the same race/ethnicity to guide them through the CD-ROM. HIV/STI knowledge increased significantly and nearly all adolescents intended to use condoms at next intercourse after viewing the CD-ROM. However, there were no significant differences measured between CD-ROM and comparison groups.

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Cited Authors

  • Ito, KE; Kalyanaraman, S; Ford, CA; Brown, JD; Miller, WC

Published Date

  • February 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 78 - 89

PubMed ID

  • 18312069

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18312069

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-2755

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0899-9546

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1521/aeap.2008.20.1.78

Language

  • eng