The HOPE Project (Peru)
The Hope project followed 556 MSM in Peru who were randomized to receive a Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE) intervention or standard HIV prevention enhanced by social media. The HOPE intervention consisted of trained peer leaders acting as HIV prevention mentors in closed Facebook groups. The study was conducted in 2012 in two separate waves of 12 weeks each, with 300 and 256 MSM taking part in the two waves. Participants in the HOPE intervention arm were almost three times as likely to seek HIV testing than those in the control group receiving the standard HIV prevention messaging.
HIV App (United States)
Paperless HIV Testing (South Africa)
This application enables staff members to synchronise data from a central database with mobile data capture devices, speeding up the HIV counselling and testing process, while capturing accurate test information. The system is based on Microsoft CRM software and is usable on 3G cellphone coverage and Android mobile devices. The entire process is paperless. All recording can be done on the mobile device, including capturing signatures and capturing HIV Counselling and Testing results by photographing test strips.App, Testing
Adam’s Love (Thailand)
The website and linked social media networks aim to de-stigmatize HIV and homosexuality, while offering online counseling, expert advice on HIV/AIDS and related subjects via videos podcasts and forums, games and quizzes. The web platform connects users to clinics that offer free HIV testing, medical consultations, medication, care and support services to MSM.
Suck / F*#k / Test / Repeat (Thailand)
Developed by the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health, the Suck / F*#k / Test / Repeat campaign utilized its website, Facebook, popular websites and mobile apps used by MSM to disseminate key information and messages designed to encourage testing and to increase awareness of HIV.Tags: Education, MSM, Testing
It starts with me (United Kingdom)
This two-year campaign was designed to raise HIV awareness and communicate messages about testing and condoms to black MSM and heterosexuals in the United Kingdom. Recruitment, promotion and outreach utilized digital media, including Facebook, Twitter, phone apps, digital display networks and adult entertainment sites. People were able to order free test kits online and receive testing services via the postal service.Education, Testing
Healthmindr is a research project in Atlanta and Seattle that examines how men use a smartphone app for HIV prevention. Only men who are enrolled as participants in the study can access the app. A series of short surveys are used to provide some personalized recommendations about testing for HIV, as well as other issues like how to find out more about health insurance or order free condoms. The app also connects users with specific services that might be useful to them.App, MSM, Testing
Developed by Portail VIH/sida du Québec (PVSQ) Sexposer is an app for Mac and Android that allows its users to evaluate their risk for HIV and other STBBIs, to learn about sexual health, to send SMS to an educator and to locate testing sites in Quebec using an interactive map. For more information, see the case study on this website.App, Education, Testing