AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp 1949–1960 | Cite as

The Promise of Multimedia Technology for STI/HIV Prevention: Frameworks for Understanding Improved Facilitator Delivery and Participant Learning

  • Maria R. Khan
  • Matthew W. Epperson
  • Louisa Gilbert
  • Dawn Goddard
  • Timothy Hunt
  • Bright Sarfo
  • Nabila El-Bassel
Substantive Review


There is increasing excitement about multimedia sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV prevention interventions, yet there has been limited discussion of how use of multimedia technology may improve STI/HIV prevention efforts. The purpose of this paper is to describe the mechanisms through which multimedia technology may work to improve the delivery and uptake of intervention material. We present conceptual frameworks describing how multimedia technology may improve intervention delivery by increasing standardization and fidelity to the intervention material and the participant’s ability to learn by improving attention, cognition, emotional engagement, skills-building, and uptake of sensitive material about sexual and drug risks. In addition, we describe how the non-multimedia behavioral STI/HIV prevention intervention, Project WORTH, was adapted into a multimedia format for women involved in the criminal justice system and provide examples of how multimedia activities can more effectively target key mediators of behavioral change in this intervention.


Multimedia Prevention Behavioral interventions STI HIV 



This research was supported by the NIDA grant Multimedia HIV/STI Prevention for Drug-Involved Female Offenders (Nabila El-Bassel, PI, R01DA025878-03).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria R. Khan
    • 1
  • Matthew W. Epperson
    • 2
  • Louisa Gilbert
    • 3
  • Dawn Goddard
    • 3
  • Timothy Hunt
    • 3
  • Bright Sarfo
    • 3
  • Nabila El-Bassel
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public HealthUniversity of Maryland at College ParkCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.School of Social Service AdministrationUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Social Intervention GroupColumbia University School of Social WorkNew YorkUSA

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