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Developing Sustainable and Impactful Mobile Phone HIV Testing Interventions for Spanish-Speaking Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States: Lessons Learned From Informative Interviews.

Authors
  • Mitchell, Jason1
  • Torres, Maria Beatriz2
  • Asmar, Lucy3
  • Danh, Thu4
  • Horvath, Keith J4
  • 1 Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, United States. , (United States)
  • 2 Department of Communication Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter, MN, United States. , (United States)
  • 3 Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, United States. , (United States)
  • 4 Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States. , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
JMIR public health and surveillance
Publication Date
Apr 24, 2018
Volume
4
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2196/publichealth.8992
PMID: 29691205
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

The features and functions of mobile apps that Spanish-speaking MSM in this study believed were associated with downloading and/or sustained engagement of an app generally reflected the priorities mentioned in an earlier study with English-speaking MSM. Unlike the earlier study, Spanish-speaking MSM prioritized personal interest in a mobile app and de-emphasized the efficiency of an app to make their lives easier in their decision to download an app to their mobile device. Tailoring mobile apps to the language and needs of Spanish-speaking MSM is critical to help increase their willingness to download a mobile app. Despite the growing number of HIV-prevention apps in development, few are tailored to Spanish-speaking MSM, representing an important gap that should be addressed in future research.

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