As the number of people using the internet cell phones increase, the use of such technology as health intervention and prevention tools has been proposed and examined. Programs can reach a much larger and geographically diverse population and information can be individually tailored, thus increasing the impact and relevancy of health education efforts.
In this study, the authors conducted a literature review on PubMed and the NIH Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects in order to identify recent advances in technology-based HIV prevention and intervention research. They found that the state of internet based HIV prevention and intervention efforts are still preliminary but studies also highlighted the feasibility and likability of Internet-based and cell-phone based HIV education programs for the target population. The studies also show promising data regarding participant retention and possible positive behavior changes.
Link to “Trends in Internet and Mobile HIV Prevention.” (PDF)