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Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2015 Jul;24(3):303-10. doi: 10.1017/S0963180114000620.

Ethics issues in social media-based HIV prevention in low- and middle-income countries.


Questions have been raised regarding participants' safety and comfort when participating in e-health education programs. Although researchers have begun to explore this issue in the United States, little research has been conducted in low- and middle-income countries, where Internet and social media use is rapidly growing. This article reports on a quantitative study with Peruvian men who have sex with men who had previously participated in the Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE) program, a Facebook-based HIV education program. The survey assessed participants' ethics-relevant perspectives during recruitment, consent, intervention, and follow-up.


HIV/AIDS; ethics; men who have sex with men (MSM); social media; social networking technologies

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