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Nurs Outlook. 2013 Jul-Aug;61(4):205-215.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2013.03.006. Epub 2013 Jun 4.

A randomized controlled trial of soap opera videos streamed to smartphones to reduce risk of sexually transmitted human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in young urban African American women.

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Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA. ra.jones@neu.edu

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  • Nurs Outlook. 2013 Nov-Dec;61(6):383.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Love, Sex, and Choices (LSC) is a soap opera video series created to reduce HIV sex risk in women.

METHODS:

LSC was compared to text messages in a randomized trial in 238 high-risk mostly Black young urban women. 117 received 12-weekly LSC videos, 121 received 12-weekly HIV prevention messages on smartphones. Changes in unprotected sex with high risk partners were compared by mixed models.

RESULTS:

Unprotected sex with high risk men significantly declined over 6 months post-intervention for both arms, from 21-22 acts to 5-6 (p < 0.001). This reduction was 18 % greater in the video over the text arm, though this difference was not statistically significant. However, the LSC was highly popular and viewers wanted the series to continue.

CONCLUSION:

This is the first study to report streaming soap opera video episodes to reduce HIV risk on smartphones. LSC holds promise as an Internet intervention that could be scaled-up and combined with HIV testing.

KEYWORDS:

Entertainment education; HIV prevention in African American urban women; HIV risk in women; Intervention research; Randomized control trial; Streaming video to smartphones

PMID:
23743482
PMCID:
PMC3713109
DOI:
10.1016/j.outlook.2013.03.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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