Positive Living: HIV Facts on the Web for African Americans
AdvisorO'Donohue, William T.
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The purpose of this study was to conduct a phase I trial to further test the content and construct validity of the Afrocentric website, Positive Living - HIV Facts on the Internet for African Americans. A sample of 17 African American adults was given a two-week period to review an Afrocentric-based website that was designed to provide information about HIV prevention and disease management. The content and construct validity was assessed in two phases. Phase I of the website's content validity and accuracy was assessed, via expert consultants in the areas of behavioral medicine and HIV medical disease treatment. After the critiques offered by the experts were incorporated into the website's design and content, the website was evaluated a second time to assess its ability to educate and raise awareness about HIV in the African American community. The data revealed that the knowledge of HIV prevention was significantly greater than before they used the website. The average pre-test score for the men was 41.6% (SD = 9.3) while the average pre-test score for the women was 48.4% (SD = 9.3). The average post-test scores for the women increased to 52.8% (SD = 14.8), but not as much as the average post-test score men, 60.5% (SD = 13). An overall, twenty-eight percent (28%) increase of knowledge was reported. The website proved to be a viable source of information to educate African Americans about HIV disease and prevention.