for males ages 18-89 (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at UC Irvine UCLA
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Sean Young (uci)



This study [HOPE: Harnessing Online Peer Education] seeks to determine the efficacy of using online social networks to scale peer community leader models to increase HIV prevention within African-American and Latino men who have sex with men. The peer community leader model, which teaches community popular opinion leaders about how to disseminate behavior changes messages throughout the community, has been proven to increase HIV prevention behaviors. Social media and online communities, such as Facebook, may be a cost-effective platform for scaling these models. Primarily upper middle-class White populations used the Internet in its early years, however, Internet use within African-American and Latino households has recently increased dramatically, especially on social media. People using the Internet may be at the highest risk for contracting HIV and are using novel Internet approaches to find sex partners, such as through social media. This is the first study to examine the effectiveness of the HOPE social media intervention to increase HIV testing among at-risk groups in the United States.


HIV social media intervention


You can join if…

Open to males ages 18-89

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Male
  • Sexually active with another man in the last 12 months
  • Willing and capable of understanding and assenting to an online informed consent form
  • Has (or willing to create) a social media page.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Does not satisfy inclusion criteria


  • University of California Irvine
    Irvine California 92697 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Health

  • Sean Young (uci)
    Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine.


in progress, not accepting new patients
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