|Titre :||Understanding the impact of smart phone applications on MSM sexual health and STI/HIV prevention in Europe. Meeting report|
|Auteurs :||Understanding the impact of smart phone applications on MSM sexual health and STI/HIV prevention in Europe (4-5 February 2015; Stockholm)|
|Type de document :||Rapport|
|Editeur :||London : Terrence Higgins Trust|
|Autre Editeur :||Stockholm : ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)|
|Format :||23 p.|
|Discipline :||MAL (Maladies infectieuses / Infectious diseases)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASECHEMSEX ; VIH ; INFECTION ; IST ; PREVENTION ; TELEPHONE ; USAGE RECREATIF ; PRODUIT ILLICITE ; HOMOSEXUEL ; REDUCTION DES RISQUES
Key issues emerging from the meeting:
- There is evidence that use of mobile apps by MSM is common and has increased significantly in recent years.
- There is little quantitative data on the extent to which apps are influencing the source or number of sexual partners or sexual networks.
- Mobile apps have significant reach and offer considerable potential for public health in terms of health promotion and data generation.
- Experience suggests that approached correctly, apps can help promote the uptake of HIV testing and other services when linked to specific events such as testing week or through push messages about nearby services.
- Available evidence suggests that patterns of recreational drug use have changed, although patterns vary between countries.
- There is little data on the link between apps and recreational drug use, although apps do appear to be playing a role in organising and finding group gatherings of MSM for sex which include the use of recreational drugs.
- Existing harm reduction services are generally not well placed to provide services for MSM or to address recreational and sexualised drug use.
- Key actions to be considered include the need to:
Improve understanding of how apps are being used and the effects on sexual health, behaviour and networks.
Establish a platform for sharing information and experience about smart phone apps and MSM sexual health, recreational drug use and develop practical guidance on effective approaches to using apps for public health interventions.
Take coordinated action across Europe and in partnership with organisations in the US to engage with app owners and developers and to identify what works in STI/HIV prevention and health promotion.
Identify ways in which apps could be used for public health, for example, testing reminders and messages about local services, and as a data source.
|Domaine :||Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|