Recalling, Sharing and Participating in a Social Media Intervention Promoting HIV Testing: A Longitudinal Analysis of HIV Testing Among MSM in China

AIDS Behav. 2019 May;23(5):1240-1249. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02392-0.


Social media interventions may enhance HIV services among key populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM). This longitudinal analysis examined the effect of recalling, sharing, and participating in different components of a social media intervention on HIV testing among MSM. The social media intervention included six images/texts and information about an online local community contest to promote testing. Of the 1033 men, they recalled a mean of 2.7 out of six images and shared an average of one image online. 34.5% of men recalled information on the online local community contest and engaged in a mean of 1.3 contest. Recalling images/texts (aOR = 1.13, 95% CI 1.02-1.25) and recalling a local contest (aOR = 1.59, 95% CI 1.13-1.24) were associated with facility-based HIV testing. This study has implications for the development and evaluation of social media interventions to promote HIV testing.

Keywords: China; HIV; Intervention; MSM; Social media.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • China / epidemiology
  • Community Participation / statistics & numerical data*
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Homosexuality, Male / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / organization & administration*
  • Social Media*