Acceptability of a Computer-Tailored Safer Sex Intervention for Heterosexually Active African Americans Attending an STI Clinic

Seth M. Noar, Jessica Fitts Willoughby, Richard Crosby, Elizabeth M. Webb, Stephanie K. Van Stee, Sonja Feist-Price, Erin Davis

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Since African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, interventions that increase correct and consistent condom use are urgently needed. We report baseline acceptability data from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) testing the Tailored Information Program for Safer Sex, a computer-tailored intervention designed to increase correct and consistent condom use among low income, heterosexually active African Americans attending an urban sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic. We enrolled 274 participants at baseline in an RCT-147 in the intervention group. The intervention had high acceptability, with a mean acceptability of 4.35 on a 5-point scale. We conducted a multiple regression analysis examining demographic, structural, and sexual risk characteristics that revealed only sex to be significantly (p <.01) associated with intervention acceptability. While women were more likely than men to find the intervention acceptable, overall the results indicated broad acceptability of this intervention to the target audience. eHealth interventions are a viable option for HIV prevention among African Americans visiting a publicly-funded STI clinic. We discuss implications of these results for the future application of such programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-227
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Primary Prevention
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

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  • African American
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Computer technology
  • Condom use
  • HIV prevention
  • Stages of change
  • Tailoring
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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