Program developers and researchers in the sexual health domain have increasingly embraced technological trends as they emerge. With the emergence of serious game applications to impact health behaviors, a natural step for research enquiry will be the investigation of serious games for sexual health education. We invited a panel of sexual health researchers who are working at the intersection of sexual health behavior change and technology applications to comment on the place of serious games in furthering the field of sexual health. The panel grappled with five questions.
We examine reasons why youth of different sexual orientations look for sexual health information online, and what, if anything, they do with it. The Teen Health and Technology study involved online surveys of 5542 Internet users, ages 13 through 18 in the United States. Searching for sexual health information online was reported frequently and varied significantly by sexual orientation: from 19% of heterosexual youth to 78% of gay/lesbian/queer youth.
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.
McCarthy, O., Carswell, K., Murray, E., Free, C., Stevenson, F., & Bailey, J. V. (2012). What young people want from a sexual health website: Design and development of Sexunzipped. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14(5) e127. doi:10.2196/jmir.2116
This guide aims to equip users with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to build the capacity of communities and young people to work together to address the sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including HIV, needs of young people. The guide will help you to work in participatory ways with young people, and the adults who influence their lives, at all stages of the community mobilization process to:
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This 2002 study [by Dr. Madeleine Cole, Baffin Regional Hospital, Nunavut, Canada] attempts to address the need for culturally specific data on beliefs and behaviours in order to design and implement appropriate public health interventions. The goal of the health promotion booklet that followed the study is to give youth a tool that will promote healthy choices and give non-judgmental information about sexuality.
In recent years social networking sites (SNSs) have grown rapidly in popularity. The popularity of these sites, along with their interactive functions, offer a novel environment in which to deliver health promotion messages. The aim of this paper is to examine the extent to which SNSs are currently being used for sexual health promotion and describe the breadth of these activities.
This briefing is a summary of the key findings from an on-line survey that was carried out by the Sex Education Forum from March–May 2011 to get an up-to-date picture from young people about HIV and AIDS education.
The Durex Network’s 2010 Face of Global Sex report focuses on 15 European countries and examines the sexual health knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of young people in these countries. It explores differences in levels of KAP and whether they can be explained by age, gender, age at first sex education, country or region of residence, source of sex education or relationship status.
The main research question addressed by this study is: What is the level of positive reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and practices among European young people aged 15 to 20 years?
This guide is the result of a series of workshops conducted in 2009 and 2010 by young people in Romania, India, Mexico, and Canada. This guide provides information, practical activities, and resources to facilitate youth-led peer trainings. The guide includes (1) basic information about HIV/AIDS and drug use, (2) strategies for reducing sexual and drug-related harms, and (3) addresses stigma and discrimination related to sexual behaviour and drug use.
While arts-based work in health promotion is not a new approach in South Africa, there is a chance to bring more attention to theatre and performance-based work, which considers the people and communities affected and afflicted by sexual and reproductive health (SRH) concerns as individuals with individual thoughts and emotions, for greater inclusion in tackling AIDS.
What are diverse teens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada saying about HIV, sexual health, and the services they want?
The Toronto Teen Survey (TTS) is a community-based research project that has gathered information from youth on assets, gaps, and barriers that currently exist in sexual health education and services.
Planned Parenthood Toronto sponsored the Toronto Teen Survey in partnership with York University, University of Toronto (New College), and Wilfrid Laurier University. Toronto Public Health was a collaborator.
This 24-page case study published in 2009 discusses the importance of investing in youth. What are the best ways to reach vulnerable youth and how are youth acting as peer educators and service providers? The work of Serbia's Institute for Student Health (ISH) is examined.
The following report presents the findings of a Canadian study on youth sexual health and HIV/AIDS. In partnership with Health Canada, the Countil of Ministers of Education developed the study to further the understanding of the factors that contribute to the sexuual health of adolescents by examining their socio-cultural, socio-environmental, and interpersonal determinants of sexual activity. Focusing on the context of sexual risk taking, this study is intended to improve sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention programs in the classroom and in community health settings.