Online focus groups as an HIV prevention program for gay, bisexual, and queer adolescent males

Michele L. Ybarra, L. Zachary DuBois, Jeffrey T. Parsons, Tonya L. Prescott, Brian Mustanski

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Abstract

Seventy-five 14-18-year-old gay, bisexual, and queer (GBQ) males provided feedback about how their participation in national, online focus groups (FG) about GBQ sexual health related topics resulted in behavioral and attitudinal changes. Most sexually experienced youth agreed that their participation positively changed their views and behavioral intentions. Some said that being in the FG made them more comfortable talking about sex, their sexuality, and making safer choices such as negotiating condoms. Others indicated intentions to become more involved in the LGBT community. Sexually inexperienced FG participants similarly said that the FG discussion positively affected them-most commonly by reducing their sense of isolation as young GBQ men who were waiting to have sex. Many also thought that they would become more vocal advocates of abstinence and/or safe sex. Online FGs and facilitated discussion boards should be further explored as a low-cost HIV prevention program for GBQ youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)554-564
Number of pages11
JournalAIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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