Computerized HIV preventive intervention for adolescents: indications of efficacy

Am J Public Health. 2007 Jun;97(6):1027-30. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.072652. Epub 2006 May 2.


We tested the hypothesis that a computerized intervention would be as efficacious as an in-person, small-group intervention in reducing sexual risk behaviors. The sexual behavior of high-risk adolescents in 3 intervention conditions was examined: (1) computer based, (2) small groups, and (3) control. Adolescents in the computerized intervention were significantly less likely to engage in sexual activity and reported significantly fewer partners. For some youths, computers are a viable way to deliver prevention information and promote skill development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Group Processes
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Poisson Distribution
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Sexual Behavior*