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AIDS Care. 2014;26(10):1309-17. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2014.911812. Epub 2014 Apr 29.

Community-based electronic data collections for HIV prevention research with black/African-American men in the rural, Southern USA.

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a Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Atlanta , GA , USA.


In Florida, the HIV case rate among black men is five times that of white men; tailored HIV prevention interventions are lacking. Historical concerns regarding trust with public health venues and sharing sensitive information make face-to-face data collection with some rural, southern black men challenging. We evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of using audio computer-assisted self-interviews (ACASIs) by local community-based organization members to collect HIV-related information from black men in rural settings. We used logistic regression to estimate associations between using ACASI and participants' sociodemographic characteristics. Of 636 men approached, 586 (92.0%) participated, 479 (81.7%) never completed a computer survey, and 287 (71%) of those reporting a preference preferred ACASI for future data collections. Increased age, past computer use, and sharing a household with someone were significantly associated with ACASI feasibility and acceptability. Using ACASI with black men in rural settings is feasible for HIV intervention research and disparity-reducing goals.


ACASI; HIV; black men; feasibility; low-income; rural

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