Mobile Health Interventions
Around the world, sexual and gender minorities are often considered “hidden populations,” especially in high-stigma locations and homophobic environments. The hidden nature of these populations presents significant barriers to public health practitioners seeking to implement targeted health promotion interventions. In light of this challenge, working with our colleague, Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger at Hunter College, we have created a highly accessible mobile health intervention. We are currently in the process of evaluating its utility in reducing HIV risk behaviors and improving mental health among gay, bisexual, and other men having sex with men (MSM) in Romania, one of the few Central and South-Eastern European countries with an increasing number of unrecognized HIV/AIDS cases among this population. This project will generate a protocol that can be used in larger scale international delivery of highly mobile and cost-effective health promotion interventions.
Lelutiu-Weinberger C., Pachankis J. E., Gamarel K., Surace A., Parsons J. T., & Golub S. A. (2015). Feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a live-chat intervention to reduce HIV risk among young men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 19, 1214-1227.
Pachankis, J.E., Lelutiu-Weinberger, C, Golub, S. A., & Parsons, J.T. (2013).The development of an online risk-reduction intervention for young gay and bisexual men using social networking technology. AIDS and Behavior, 17, 2986-2998.
White Hughto, J. M., Pachankis, J. E., Eldahan, A. I., & Keene, D. M. (in press). “You can't just walk down the street and meet someone:” The intersection of social-sexual networking technology, stigma, and health among gay and bisexual men in the small city. American Journal of Men's Health.