Adaptation of a group-based HIV risk reduction intervention to a mobile app for young sexual minority men

Rebecca Schnall, Lisa M. Kuhns, Marco A. Hidalgo, Dakota Powell, Jennie Thai, Sabina Hirshfield, Cynthia Pearson, Matt Ignacio, Josh Bruce, D. Scott Batey, Asa Radix, Uri Belkind, Robert Garofalo

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There is a dearth of evidence-based HIV prevention interventions for very young men who have sex with men (YMSM) ages 13–18 years, at high risk for HIV. We adapted the MyPEEPS intervention—an evidence-based, group-level intervention—to individual-level delivery by a mobile application. We used an expert panel review, in-depth interviews with YMSM (n = 40), and weekly meetings with the investigative team and the software development company to develop the mobile app. The expert panel recommended changes to the intervention in the following areas: (1) biomedical interventions, (2) salience of intervention content, (3) age group relevance, (4) technical components, and (5) stigma content. Interview findings reflected current areas of focus for the intervention and recommendations of the expert panel for new content. In regular meetings with the software development firm, guiding principles included development of dynamic content, while maintaining fidelity of the original curriculum and shortening intervention content for mobile delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-462
Number of pages14
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptation
  • Adolescents
  • HIV prevention
  • Sexual minority
  • mHealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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