Evaluation of a computer-based training program to teach adults at risk for HIV about pre-exposure prophylaxis

Carol Ann Getty, Shrinidhi Subramaniam, August F. Holtyn, Brantley P. Jarvis, Andrew Rodewald, Kenneth Silverman

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This study developed a computer-based program to teach HIV prevention behaviors and raise awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among individuals at risk for HIV. The program was divided into modules containing educational material and multiple-choice questions. Participants received immediate feedback for responses and incentives for correct responses to multiple-choice questions. Participants trained on each module until they met speed and accuracy criteria. The modules were divided into: Course 1 (HIV), Course 2 (PrEP), and Course 3 (HIV risk behaviors). Tests of content from all three courses were delivered before and after participants completed each course. Test scores on the content delivered in the courses improved only after participants completed training on each course. HIV and PrEP knowledge was initially low and increased following completion of each part of the program. Computer-based training offers a convenient and effective approach to promoting HIV prevention knowledge, including use of PrEP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-300
Number of pages14
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Drug users
  • Education
  • Financial incentives
  • HIV prevention
  • Instructional technology
  • PrEP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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