Research and News

Positive Peers: Function and Content Development of a Mobile App for Engaging and Retaining Young Adults in HIV Care

This study provides a description of the design and initial implementation of the “Positive Peers” mobile app, including formative and key development strategies, user recruitment, and lessons learned.

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Positive Peers Mobile Application Reduces Stigma Perception Among Young People Living With HIV

The burden of HIV-related stigma is associated with disparities in linkage to HIV care and viral suppression. The Positive Peers smartphone application aims to provide young people living with HIV with a supportive virtual community to counteract perceived stigma and better manage their illness.

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Positive Peers Highlighted in 2019 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

Positive Peers originated in HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part F funds for a Special Projects National Significance (SPNS) initiative. This project was aimed toward investigating interventions that used social media technologies to identify underserved youth people (aged 13–34 years) diagnosed with HIV to link and engage them in care.

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POSTER: Baseline characteristics and engagement in the Positive Peers mobile application for HIV-positive minority youth

Poster from APHA’s 2018 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. These findings were presented 11/13/18 as part of Poster Session 11: eHealth Approaches to Prevention and Care. Findings reflect baseline sample characteristics and early application engagement descriptive statistics.

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