Examining the Information Systems Success (ISS) of a mobile sexual health app (MyPEEPS Mobile) from the perspective of very young men who have sex with men (YMSM)

Evette Cordoba*, Betina Idnay, Robert Garofalo, Lisa M. Kuhns, Cynthia Pearson, Josh Bruce, D. Scott Batey, Asa Radix, Uri Belkind, Marco A. Hidalgo, Sabina Hirshfield, Rafael Garibay Rodriguez, Rebecca Schnall

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Objective: The widespread and frequent use of mobile technology among adolescents, including sexual minority adolescents, presents an opportunity for the development of mobile health (mHealth) technology to combat the continuing HIV epidemic among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). We analyzed perceptions of the quality and impact of an HIV prevention mobile app on sexual risk reduction among YMSM. Methods: Participants were recruited from a larger randomized controlled trial of the MyPEEPS Mobile app among YMSM aged 13–18 years. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews to assess quality and user satisfaction with MyPEEPS Mobile app using analysis informed by the Information Systems Success framework. Interview data were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using six themes: information quality, net benefit, user satisfaction, product quality, service quality, and health care barriers. Results: Interviews were conducted with 40 YMSM (45% Hispanic; 80% non-White; 88% non-rural resident; 28% aged 17 years). Participants’ responses indicated that information quality was high, reporting that the app information was concise, easy to understand, useful, and relevant to their life. The net benefits were stated as improvements in their decision-making skills, health behaviors, communication skills with partner(s), and increased knowledge of HIV risk. There was general user satisfaction and enjoyment when using the app, although most of the participants did not intend to reuse the app unless new activities were added. Participants expressed that the product quality of the app was good due to its personalization, representation of the LGBTQIA + community, and user-friendly interface. Although no major technical issues were reported, participants suggested that adaption to a native app, rather than a web app, would improve service quality through faster loading speed. Participants also identified some health care barriers that were minimized by app use. Conclusions: The MyPEEPS Mobile app is a well received, functional, and entertaining mHealth HIV prevention tool that may improve HIV prevention skills and reduce HIV risk among YMSM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104529
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • HIV
  • Information Systems Success (ISS)
  • health behavior
  • mHealth technology
  • young men who have sex with men (YMSM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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