"Developing and Piloting an Internet Based STI and HIV Prevention Intervention among Chilean Young Women", Natalia Andrea Villegas Rodriguez, PhD, PI

The purpose of this study was to develop and pilot-test an internet STI-HIV prevention intervention, I-STIPI, for young Chilean women between the ages of 18 and 24.

Phase I of the study adapted and refined the SEPA prevention intervention for low-income Chilean women for use as an internet based intervention. Phase II pilot-tested I-STIPI. I-STIPI was found to be feasible and acceptable for young women. I-STIPI increased young women’s levels of STI and HIV related knowledge, motivation regarding attitudes toward the use of condoms, behavioral skills in relation to perceived self-efficacy for STI and HIV, and preventive behaviors related to the reduction in the number of sexual partners and risky sexual behaviors with uncommitted partners. Manuscripts have been published in the International Nursing Review, the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Hispanic Health Care International.