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Computer-assisted HIV prevention for youth with substance use disorders.

TitleComputer-assisted HIV prevention for youth with substance use disorders.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMarsch, Lisa A., Michael J. Grabinski, Warren K. Bickel, Alethea Desrosiers, Honoria Guarino, Britta Muehlbach, Ramon Solhkhah, Shilpa Taufique, and Michelle Acosta
JournalSubstance use & misuse
Date Published2011
KeywordsAdolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Analysis of Variance, Child, Computers, Condoms, Counseling, Curriculum, Female, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, HIV Infections, Humans, Internet, Male, New York City, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Substance Abuse Treatment Centers, Substance-Related Disorders, User-Computer Interface
AbstractWe developed an interactive, customizable, Web-based program focused on the prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and hepatitis among youth. Results from a randomized, controlled trial with youth in treatment for substance use demonstrated that this Web-based tool, when provided as an adjunct to an educator-delivered prevention intervention, increased accurate prevention knowledge, increased intentions to carefully choose partners, and was perceived as significantly more useful relative to the educator-delivered intervention when provided alone. Results suggest this Web-based program may be effective and engaging and may increase the adoption of effective HIV and disease prevention science for youth. Limitations are discussed.
Alternate JournalSubst Use Misuse

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