This focused issue on “Technology-based Interventions in HIV Prevention and Care Continuum among American Youth” is edited by Dr. Lisa Hightow-Weidman, from Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
Dr. Hightow-Weidman is Professor in Division of Infectious Diseases, Principal Investigator of Behavior and Technology Lab at UNC (BAT Lab) and Principal Investigator of iTech at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Hightow-Weidman is an expert on mhealth, social media and utilization and evaluation of technology-based interventions to address the HIV Care Continuum for youth and young adults, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Her research interests include HIV prevention for YMSM using both the Internet and other mobile technologies, and interventions that incorporate game-based elements and social networking to change behaviors. She has developed technology-based interventions to address uptake and adherence to biomedical HIV prevention and treatment, as well as to increase HIV diagnosis, linkage and retention in care for YMSM.
- Focused issue outline:
- Proliferation of social media and tech ownership in youth and advances in technology-based interventions
- HIV in the 20's: The evolving epidemic among youth and prospects for prevention
- Lessons learned from Formative Work to Develop mHealth interventions for youth
- HIV/STI Testing via Apps: Review of field (home-based and ordering kits) with lessons learned from Lynx/MyChoices
- App development: common pitfalls and potential solutions
- Collection of formative data to inform mHealth interventions with youth: Review of common and innovative methodologies
- Addressing Structural Barriers through Technology-based interventions for youth: Bridging the Virtual and the Real
- Engaging Youth in mHealth: What works and how can we be sure (engagement features and paradata)
- Lessons learned: Recruitment of youth Online for mHealth studies
- How will we scale up mHealth HIV interventions? Site and public health perspective (from research to scale up)
- Developing and evaluating online interventions for gender minority youth: Special Considerations