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J Community Health Nurs. 2012;29(2):106-20. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2012.670579.

The potential influence of a social media intervention on risky sexual behavior and Chlamydia incidence.

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University of Illinois College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois, USA. kjones29@illinois.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this descriptive pilot study was to evaluate an evidence-based social-networking intervention aimed at reducing the incidence of Chlamydia among 15- to 24-year-olds. The intervention consists of a Facebook site that addresses signs, symptoms, treatment, screening, and prevention of Chlamydia infection. Findings included a 23% self-reported increase in condom utilization, and a 54% reduction in positive Chlamydia cases among 15- to 17-year-olds. Study results support that social media may be an effective mechanism for information dissemination and the promotion of positive behavioral changes among this population.

PMID:
22536914
DOI:
10.1080/07370016.2012.670579
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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