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Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jun 1;62(11):1450-3. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw127. Epub 2016 Mar 14.

Using Social Media to Increase HIV Testing Among Gay and Bisexual Men, Other Men Who Have Sex With Men, and Transgender Persons: Outcomes From a Randomized Community Trial.

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1
Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Division of Public Health Sciences Section of Infectious Diseases Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem.
2
Department of Family and Community Nursing.
3
Department of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
4
Triad Health Project.
5
Section of Infectious Diseases Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division, Greensboro, North Carolina.
6
Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
7
Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Abstract

We tested an intervention designed to increase human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing among men who have sex with men and transgender persons within existing and commonly used social media. At follow-up, intervention communities had significantly higher past 12-month HIV testing than the comparison communities. Findings suggest that promoting HIV testing via social media can increase testing.

KEYWORDS:

HIV testing; MSM; community trial; intervention; social media

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PMID:
26980878
PMCID:
PMC4872288
DOI:
10.1093/cid/ciw127
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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