Use of Smartphones to Increase Safe Sexual Behavior in Youths at Risk for HIV


Sexual Behavior

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Hernández-Torres, J. L., Benavides-Torres, R. A., Moreno-Monsiváis, M. G., Rodríguez-Vázquez, N., Martínez-Cervantes, R., & Cárdenas-Cortés, A. M. (2022). Use of Smartphones to Increase Safe Sexual Behavior in Youths at Risk for HIV. International Journal of Psychological Research, 15(1), 30–41.


In Mexico, young people continue to experience problems due to a lack of correct and consistent condom use during sexual intercourse. Objective: to evaluate the effect of a randomized controlled clinical trial with the use of smartphones to increase safe sex intentions and safe sexual behavior. Methods: experimental design with two treatment groups with 177 young people who requested the rapid HIV test in a non-governmental organization in the city of Monterrey, Mexico. The experimental group was given Respect M-Health with the use of mobile devices; the control group was given similar counseling without the use of mobile technology and 8 pencil and paper instruments were used. Results: the effect of the experimental group was greater in safe sexual behavior reflected in the means at pre-test M=64.80 (SD=1.86), post-test M=85.33 (SD=1.54), and at 30 days M=87.40 (SD=1.52), and in the safe sex intentions factor at pre-test M=78.50 (SD=3.07), post-test M=94.70 (SD=2.46), and at 30 days M=95.74 (SD=2.29). Conclusions: Smartphone use was an effective tool as a support to increase safe sexual behavior in youth.


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