Texting for HIV prevention
In SubSaharan Africa, young women continue to be at much higher risk of HIV infection than their male counterparts. Dr. Njambi Njuguna from University of Washington in Seattle and Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, used mSurvey to determine whether sending HIV awareness mobile messages through SMS would increase HIV testing rates among young women in Kiambu County, Kenya (n=600).
A total of 3,600 monthly SMS surveys were sent to participants over the course of five months asking about their sexual behaviors and whether they'd tested for HIV. A random selection of 300 participants were also sent a total of 7,200 weekly informational SMS messages.
The project was funded through Grand Challenges Canada.
Njuguna, Njambi, et al. "The Effect of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevention and Reproductive Health Text Messages on Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing Among Young Women in Rural Kenya: A Pilot Study." Sexually transmitted diseases 43.6 (2016): 353.
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Reuters reports on the findings from this study for World AIDS Day 2016