Patient Portals as Highly Acceptable Tools to Support HIV Preventative Behaviors Among Adolescent and Young Sexual Minority Men

Kevon Mark Jackman, Carl A. Latkin, Jessica L. Maksut, Maria E. Trent, Travis H. Sanchez, Stefan D. Baral

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to present perceptions about using patient portals to manage HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) test results and to communicate with sexual partners among a 2018 nationwide sample of adolescent and young sexual minority men (YSMM) aged 15–25 years. Methods: Univariate and bivariate analyses were conducted on cross-sectional online survey data. Results: Participants gave high or moderate value to portals that provide tips for sexual health (95.1% [1,168/1,228]), ability to locate HIV/STI testing centers (96.9% [1,190/1,228]), and ability to order home-based HIV/STI testing (96% [1,179/1,228]). Perceived health engagement and dyadic communication benefits of use were sustained at or above 94%. YSMM with a history of HIV/STI diagnosis were less willing to share online results with main (93% vs. 97%; Χ2 = 5.13; p =.02) and nonmain (70% vs. 77%; Χ2 = 5.17; p =.02) sexual partners. Conclusions: Patient portals represent highly acceptable spaces to deliver comprehensive sexual health services and could support communication on HIV/STI testing with sex partners among YSMM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-281
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Health IT
  • Sexual minority men (SMM)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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