Although there have been great advances in the prevention of HIV in the last two decades, young men who have sex with men (YMSM) continue to be disproportionately impacted. Utilizing qualitative data from a sample of YMSM (N = 292) engaged in a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of an internet-based HIV prevention program, we examined YMSM’s goals for sexual risk reduction. Goals tended to focus on strategies used to prepare for safer sex or strategies to be used during sex. In both areas, five categories of strategies were identified: Skill-related, intrapersonal, social, contextual, and instrumental. Findings suggest opportunities for more tailored eHealth intervention by focusing on strategies in domains of most use to the individual. Future research should include longitudinal assessment of barriers and facilitators to goal adherence, utility of goals in increasing safer sex behaviors, and changes to goals over time.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases