Youth, Technology, and HIV: Recent Advances and Future Directions

Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2015 Dec;12(4):500-15. doi: 10.1007/s11904-015-0280-x.


Technology, including mobile technologies and social media, offers powerful tools to reach, engage, and retain youth and young adults in HIV prevention and care interventions both in the USA and globally. In this report, we focus on HIV, technology, and youth, presenting a synthesis of recently published (Jan 2014-May 2015) observational and experimental studies relevant for understanding and intervening on HIV risk, prevention, and care. We present findings from a selection of the 66 relevant citations identified, highlighting studies that demonstrate a novel approach to technology interventions among youth in regard to content, delivery, target population, or public health impact. We discuss current trends globally and in the USA in how youth are using technology, as well as emergent research issues in this field-including the need for new theories for developing technology-based HIV interventions and new metrics of engagement, exposure, and evaluation.

Keywords: Adolescent; HIV; Internet; Intervention; Mobile phone; Smartphone; Social media; Teen; Youth; eHealth; mHealth.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Telemedicine / trends*
  • Text Messaging
  • Young Adult