College women's preferred HIV prevention message mediums: Mass media versus interpersonal relationships

Rasheeta Chandler, Janie Canty-Mitchell, Kevin E. Kip, Ellen M. Daley, Dianne Morrison-Beedy, Erica Anstey, Henry Ross

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One quarter of HIV cases occur in women ages 15-44 years. We investigated preferential HIV prevention message mediums among college women (18-21 years of age) and their association with parent and partner communication. A nonexperimental cross-sectional survey assessed factors associated with parent and partner communication among 626 single female students who were sexually active in the previous 6 months and attending a 4-year public university in Florida. Women who perceived themselves to be at elevated risk of acquiring HIV were more likely to communicate with their parents (p < .05), but not their partners. In multivariable analysis, students were more likely to communicate about sexual risk behavior with their parents when mothers were younger and when less influenced by their peers. Reading items on the Internet about intravenous drug use and HIV were independently associated with higher parent and partner communication, respectively. Findings can guide future HIV prevention communication interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-502
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Communication media
  • Female college students
  • HIV
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Sexual behavior influences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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