Online Program

Testing the kinsey institute® homework intervention strategy (KIHIS) among men who have sex with men

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Roberta Emetu, MLS, Applied Health Science/School of Public Health-Bloomington, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Alexandra Marshall, PhD, MPH, CPH, CHES, Department of Health Sciences, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
William Yarber, PhD, Applied Health Science/School of Public Health-Bloomington, Indiana University, bloomington, IN
Stephanie Sanders, PhD, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Richard A. Crosby, PhD, Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Lexington, KY
Cynthia Graham, PhD, Department of Psychology, Brunel University, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Robin Milhausen, PhD, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph
Background: Half of the new HIV infections in the U.S. are among men who have sex with men (MSM) between the ages of 13 and 24 years.[1] College-aged MSM are more likely than older MSM and men who only have sex with women to be infected with HIV. Therefore, there is a need to explore ways of increasing condom use in this population. The Kinsey Institute® Homework Intervention Strategy (KIHIS) was designed and tested by the Condom Use Research Team (CURT).[2-3] The purpose of this study was to test of feasibility and efficacy of this intervention and to promote positive condom attitudes and to reduce risk behaviors among MSM. Methods: Approximately 30 MSM were recruited from a Midwestern University and it's surrounding community. A pre-test questionnaire was administered, and participants were given ditty bags that included condoms and lubrication. Participants were asked to try different condoms and complete condom ratings on-line. A post-test questionnaire was given at Day 15 and an additional follow-up questionnaire at Day 45. Results: Repeated measure analyses were used to compare pre-test to post-test responses. Significant post-intervention improvements were found for beliefs and application of condoms, self-efficacy, condom attitude, motivation to use condoms, and consistency of condom use for insertive penile-anal intercourse. Conclusion: The KIHIS findings suggest that this intervention could be applicable to college-aged MSM, and could be a great resource or model for public health condom interventions.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the KIHIS intervention as a self-guided, home-based intervention tested on young men who have sex with men (YMSM), which may have helpful and lasting effects on condom-use skills, attitudes, and behaviors.

Keyword(s): Male Health, Interventions

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a Masters in Liberal Studies and I am simultaneously working on my MPH and my PhD in Health Behavior at the Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Public Health, Department of Applied Health Science. My research focus is in sexual transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS risk behaviors predominately among college-aged individuals and MSM, including, condom use errors and application, innovative methods for STI testing, HIV-related stigma, and the association between sexual abuse and sexual risk behaviors.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.