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Health Educ Behav. 2015 Aug;42(4):493-9. doi: 10.1177/1090198114562043. Epub 2015 Jan 14.

HealthMpowerment.org: Building Community Through a Mobile-Optimized, Online Health Promotion Intervention.

Author information

1
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA lisa_hightow@med.unc.edu.
2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
3
Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.
4
Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Both young Black men who have sex with men as well as young Black transgender women (YBMSM/TW) continue to experience a significant increase in HIV incidence. HealthMpowerment.org (HMP) is a mobile phone-optimized, online intervention for both YBMSM/TW to build community and facilitate supportive relationships.

METHODS:

To assess the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes, a 1-month pilot trial of HMP among 15 YBMSM/TW was conducted.

RESULTS:

Retention was 100%. Mean age was 26 years, 60% were HIV-infected, 87% earned <$21,000, and 67% were uninsured. Despite the small sample size and limited intervention length, statistically significant improvements were seen in social support (p = .012), social isolation (p = .050), and depressive symptoms (p = .045).

CONCLUSION:

The HMP pilot trial demonstrated feasibility and acceptability. Given the burden of the epidemic among YBMSM/TW, there is an imperative to develop, test, and scale up culturally appropriate interventions to both prevent HIV acquisition and limit onward transmission.

KEYWORDS:

African American; men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM); mobile and wireless interventions; new media and social media interventions; tailored or targeted interventions

PMID:
25588932
PMCID:
PMC4501897
DOI:
10.1177/1090198114562043
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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