Skip to main content

Efficacy of Computer-based HIV/AIDS Education for Injection Drug Users

Buy Article:

$39.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


Objective: To compare computer-delivered to therapist-delivered HIV/AIDS education among opioid-dependent, injection drug-users (IDUs).

Methods: We randomly assigned IDUs to receive either computer-based or counselor-delivered HIV/AIDS education.

Results: Participants who received the computer-based intervention learned significantly more information about HIV prevention, retained significantly more information at a 3-month follow-up, liked the teaching medium significantly more, and requested additional information about HIV/AIDS at the end of the intervention with greater frequency than did the comparison group. Individuals in both conditions reported significant reductions in HIV risk behavior.

Conclusions: Results demonstrated that computer-delivered HIV/AIDS education may provide an innovative and efficacious intervention for IDUs.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; prevention; substance abuse; technology

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Vermont, Department of Psychiatry, Bington, VT.

Publication date: July 1, 2004

More about this publication?
  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Review Board
  • Reprints and Permissions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Partial Open Access Content
Partial Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more