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Ito, Kristin E.; Kalyanaraman, Sri; Ford, Carol A.; Brown, Jane D.; & Miller, William C. (2008). "Let's Talk About Sex:" Pilot Study of an Interactive CD-ROM to Prevent HIV/STIs in Female Adolescents. AIDS Education and Prevention, 20(1), 78-89.


The purpose of this study was to develop and pilot-test an interactive CD-ROM aimed at the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in female adolescents. The CD-ROM includes prevention information, models skills for negotiating abstinence and consistent condom use, teaches media literacy, and allows the user to choose a culturally appropriate host to guide them through the CD-ROM. Forty-seven female adolescents attending a health department clinic were randomized to receive the CD-ROM plus an educator-led didactic session versus the didactic session alone. The CD-ROM was highly acceptable and feasible for use among female adolescents in the clinic setting. Hispanic and African American adolescents were more likely to choose hosts of the same race/ethnicity to guide them through the CD-ROM. HIV/STI knowledge increased significantly and nearly all adolescents intended to use condoms at next intercourse after viewing the CD-ROM. However, there were no significant differences measured between CD-ROM and comparison groups.


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AIDS Education and Prevention


Ito, Kristin E.
Kalyanaraman, Sri
Ford, Carol A.
Brown, Jane D.
Miller, William C.