January 16, 2008

U professors use the Internet to help prevent HIV

Phase II of study on fighting HIV in cyberspace begins

Research presented at the Institute's New Media Research @ UMN annual conference in 2006 begins its second phase. Joe Konstan and Simon Rosser are embarking on a clinical trial this month to test a software program that aims to reduce risk-taking behavior associated with the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Phase I of the study, presented at the conference, entailed assessing the risks undertaken by men seeking sex with other men through online venues.

Konstan and Rosser's research team has been working on this project for more than five years and hope these trials will show that the Web-based program is effective in the prevention of risk-related behavior leading to sexually transmitted infections.

Full story: http://www1.umn.edu/umnnews/Feature_Stories/Fighting_HIV_in_cyberspace.html

Posted by ossma003 at January 16, 2008 1:50 PM