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. 2018 Sep;29(10):980-986.
doi: 10.1177/0956462418770873. Epub 2018 May 10.

Pilot Testing Fostering Open eXpression Among Youth (FOXY), an Arts-Based HIV/STI Prevention Approach for Adolescent Women in the Northwest Territories, Canada

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Pilot Testing Fostering Open eXpression Among Youth (FOXY), an Arts-Based HIV/STI Prevention Approach for Adolescent Women in the Northwest Territories, Canada

Candice L Lys et al. Int J STD AIDS. .
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Abstract

Fostering Open eXpression among Youth (FOXY) is an arts-based HIV prevention program developed by Northern Canadians to address sexual health, HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexuality, and healthy relationships among Northern and Indigenous youth in Canada. We conducted a pilot study with Indigenous and Northern young women aged 13-17 years from 17 communities in the Northwest Territories to evaluate whether, in comparison to pre-intervention, FOXY participants demonstrated increased knowledge of STIs, increased safer sex self-efficacy, and increased resilience. Wilcoxon test results indicated significant increases in STI knowledge scores and safer sex self-efficacy scores. Findings suggest that FOXY holds promise as an effective method of delivering sexual health information through peer education, and increasing STI knowledge, safe sex self-efficacy, and resilience.

Keywords: Arts-based intervention; HIV/STI prevention; Indigenous; Northwest Territories; youth.

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