Computer-assisted HIV prevention for youth with substance use disorders

Subst Use Misuse. 2011;46(1):46-56. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2011.521088.


We developed an interactive, customizable, Web-based program focused on the prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and hepatitis among youth. Results from a randomized, controlled trial with youth in treatment for substance use demonstrated that this Web-based tool, when provided as an adjunct to an educator-delivered prevention intervention, increased accurate prevention knowledge, increased intentions to carefully choose partners, and was perceived as significantly more useful relative to the educator-delivered intervention when provided alone. Results suggest this Web-based program may be effective and engaging and may increase the adoption of effective HIV and disease prevention science for youth. Limitations are discussed.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior* / psychology
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Child
  • Computers
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • New York City
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy
  • User-Computer Interface