The Hookup is a collaborative project reaching young people in California with valuable sexual and reproductive health information and linkage to local resources. Due to limited access to subscriber contact information, it has been a challenge to evaluate the program.
The aims of this study were to determine the feasibility of using text messaging (short message service, SMS) as an evaluation tool for an educational text message-based program and to evaluate the program itself.
The current qualitative research study invited women of color to describe their experiences with stigma. PhotoVoice, a method of documentary photography, was used to convey experiences. Ten women with HIV (N=4 African American, N=6 Hispanic/Latina) recruited from the LAC+USC Medical Center. Participants were trained in photovoice and digital camera use by a professional photojournalis and given 2–5 weeks to critically reflect on stigma and take photographs to bring reflections to life.