AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 285–296 | Cite as

Acceptability of Smartphone Application-Based HIV Prevention Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men

  • Ian W. Holloway
  • Eric Rice
  • Jeremy Gibbs
  • Hailey Winetrobe
  • Shannon Dunlap
  • Harmony Rhoades
Original Paper

Abstract

Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) are increasingly using mobile smartphone applications (“apps”), such as Grindr, to meet sex partners. A probability sample of 195 Grindr-using YMSM in Southern California were administered an anonymous online survey to assess patterns of and motivations for Grindr use in order to inform development and tailoring of smartphone-based HIV prevention for YMSM. The number one reason for using Grindr (29 %) was to meet “hook ups.” Among those participants who used both Grindr and online dating sites, a statistically significantly greater percentage used online dating sites for “hook ups” (42 %) compared to Grindr (30 %). Seventy percent of YMSM expressed a willingness to participate in a smartphone app-based HIV prevention program. Development and testing of smartphone apps for HIV prevention delivery has the potential to engage YMSM in HIV prevention programming, which can be tailored based on use patterns and motivations for use.

Keywords

YMSM HIV Prevention Technology Mobile Smartphone Grindr 

Resumen

Los hombres que mantienen relaciones sexuales con hombres (YMSM por las siglas en inglés de Young Men Who Have Sex with Men) están utilizando más y más aplicaciones para teléfonos inteligentes (smartphones), como Grindr, para encontrar parejas sexuales. En el Sur de California, se administró de forma anónima un sondeo en internet a una muestra de probabilidad de 195 YMSM usuarios de Grindr, para evaluar los patrones y motivaciones del uso de Grindr, con el fin de utilizar esta información para el desarrollo y personalización de prevención del VIH entre YMSM con base en teléfonos inteligentes. La principal razón para utilizar Grindr (29 %) es para buscar encuentros sexuales casuales (hook-ups). Entre los participantes que utilizan tanto Grindr como otro sitios de citas online, un mayor porcentaje estadísticamente significativo utilizó los sitios de citas online para encuentros casuales sexuales (42 %) comparado con Grindr (30 %). Un setenta porciento de los YMSM expresó su disposición para participar en programas de prevención del VIH con base en teléfonos inteligentes. El desarrollo y evaluación de aplicaciones para teléfonos inteligentes para el suministro de prevención del VIH tiene el potencial de involucrar a los YMSM en la programación de la prevención del VIH, que puede ser adaptada según los patrones y motivaciones de uso.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian W. Holloway
    • 1
  • Eric Rice
    • 2
  • Jeremy Gibbs
    • 2
  • Hailey Winetrobe
    • 2
  • Shannon Dunlap
    • 1
  • Harmony Rhoades
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public AffairsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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