Internet-based health promotion and disease control in the 8 cities: successes, barriers, and future plans

Sex Transm Dis. 2005 Oct;32(10 Suppl):S60-4. doi: 10.1097/01.olq.0000180464.77968.e2.


Objectives: The objective of this paper is to provide a detailed description of Internet-based sexually transmitted disease/human immunodeficiency virus prevention in the 8 US cities most affected by syphilis in men who have sex with men.

Goal: By reviewing the efforts under way in these 8 cities, we will understand the barriers and facilitators associated with Internet-based prevention efforts.

Study: This is a review of Internet activities taking place in 8 major US cities.

Results: Efforts in the 8 cities vary, with some cities reporting little or no Internet-based prevention activities. Other cities have attempted banner advertising, online outreach, online partner notification, online laboratory slips for syphilis testing, and auditorium-style chat sessions.

Conclusion: Though a number of policy-related barriers prevent some cities from engaging in Internet-based prevention, these activities are clearly important to the overall prevention effort. In order to surmount local policy barriers, it is essential to obtain evaluation data from the programs initiated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cities
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Syphilis / epidemiology
  • Syphilis / prevention & control*
  • United States
  • Urban Population