DESCRIPTION: This randomized trial is designed to test the feasibility of using social networking technologies for HIV prevention among African American and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) in Los Angeles. Findings from this study will be used to prepare for a larger intervention to assess whether online social networking technologies can be used for HIV prevention among high-risk populations.

OUTCOMES: Further analysis is underway. Several publications have utilized data collected from this study to test various online intervention methods:

    1. 1. Young SD, Shakiba A, Kwok J, Montazeri MS. The influence of social networking technologies on female religious veil-wearing behavior in Iran. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2014 May;17(5):317-21. doi:10.1089/cyber.2013.0338. Epub 2014 Mar 10. PMID: 24611768.
    2. 2. Young SD, Zhao M, Teiu K, Kwok J, Gill H, Gill N. A social-media based HIV prevention intervention using peer leaders. J Consum Health Internet. 2013 Oct 1;17(4):353-361. PMID: 24526928.
    3. 3. Young SD, Rivers C, Lewis B. Methods of using real-time media technologies for detection and remote monitoring of HIV outcomes. Prev Med. 2014 Jun;63:112-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.01.024. Epub 2014 Feb 8. PMID: 24513169.

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