Title

Using computer technology for HIV prevention among African-Americans: Development of a tailored information program for safer sex (TIPSS)

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

6-1-2011

Abstract

New prevention options are urgently needed for African-Americans in the United States given the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on this group. This combined with recent evidence supporting the efficacy of computer technology-based interventions in HIV prevention led our research group to pursue the development of a computer-delivered individually tailored intervention for heterosexually active African-Americans - the tailored information program for safer sex (TIPSS). In the current article, we discuss the development of the TIPSS program, including (i) the targeted population and behavior, (ii) theoretical basis for the intervention, (iii) design of the intervention, (iv) formative research, (v) technical development and testing and (vi) intervention delivery and ongoing randomized controlled trial. Given the many advantages of computer-based interventions, including low-cost delivery once developed, they offer much promise for the future of HIV prevention among African-Americans and other at-risk groups. © 2010 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Health Education Research

Volume

26

Issue

3

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