Current HIV/AIDS Reports

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 500–515 | Cite as

Youth, Technology, and HIV: Recent Advances and Future Directions

  • Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman
  • Kathryn E. Muessig
  • Jose Bauermeister
  • Chen Zhang
  • Sara LeGrand
HIV and Technology (J Simoni and K Horvath, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on HIV and Technology


Technology, including mobile technologies and social media, offers powerful tools to reach, engage, and retain youth and young adults in HIV prevention and care interventions both in the USA and globally. In this report, we focus on HIV, technology, and youth, presenting a synthesis of recently published (Jan 2014–May 2015) observational and experimental studies relevant for understanding and intervening on HIV risk, prevention, and care. We present findings from a selection of the 66 relevant citations identified, highlighting studies that demonstrate a novel approach to technology interventions among youth in regard to content, delivery, target population, or public health impact. We discuss current trends globally and in the USA in how youth are using technology, as well as emergent research issues in this field—including the need for new theories for developing technology-based HIV interventions and new metrics of engagement, exposure, and evaluation.


mHealth eHealth Internet HIV Mobile phone Smartphone Social media Intervention Youth Adolescent Teen 


Compliance with Ethics Guidelines

Conflict of Interest

L.B. Hightow-Weidman: Honorarium to speak for Gilead on unbranded topics, not product related; K.E. Muessig: none; J. Bauermeister: none; C. Zhang: none; S. LeGrand: grants from National Institutes of Health, substance abuse and mental health services administration, Kaiser Permanente.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman
    • 1
  • Kathryn E. Muessig
    • 2
  • Jose Bauermeister
    • 3
  • Chen Zhang
    • 2
  • Sara LeGrand
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health BehaviorUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health Behavior and Health Education School of Public HealthUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research Duke Global Health InstituteDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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