TEXTING FOR HIV PREVENTION

In SubSaharan Africa, young women continue to be at much higher risk of HIV infection than their male counterparts. Dr. Njambi Njuguna from University of Washington in Seattle and Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, used mSurvey to determine whether sending HIV awareness mobile messages through SMS would increase HIV testing rates among young women in Kiambu County, Kenya (n=600).

A total of 3,600 monthly SMS surveys were sent to participants over the course of five months asking about their sexual behaviors and whether they’d tested for HIV. A random selection of 300 participants were also sent a total of 7,200 weekly informational SMS messages.

The project was funded through Grand Challenges Canada.