January 26, 2015

Sexual Health Information on Social Media

BACKGROUND: Social media likely will play a key role in promoting sexual health.

QUESTION: are young people aged 16 to 29 years old comfortable receiving sexual health information via social media?

METHODS: 620 people aged 16 to 29 years old were surveyed.

RESULTS: Median use of social network sites was 2 hours per day. Participants stated they were comfortable or very comfortable accessing sexual health info from websites (85%), a doctor (81%), school (73%), the mainstream media (67%), Facebook (52%), apps (51%), SMS (44%), and Twitter (36%).

CONCLUSION: most participants were much less comfortable receiving sexual health information from social media sites as compared to getting the information from a website or a doctor.

Int J STD AIDS. 2014 Mar 10;