Evaluation of a Computer-Based HIV Education Program for Adults Living with HIV

Shrinidhi Subramaniam, Carol Ann Getty, August F. Holtyn, Andrew Rodewald, Brian Katz, Brantley P. Jarvis, Jeannie Marie S. Leoutsakos, Michael Fingerhood, Kenneth Silverman

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This study evaluated a computer-delivered HIV and antiretroviral treatment education program in adults (N = 102) living with detectable HIV viral loads (> 200 copies/mL). The self-paced program provided immediate feedback for responses and financial incentives for responding correctly. The program was divided into three courses and a test of content from all three courses was delivered before and after participants completed each course. Test scores on the content delivered in Courses 1, 2 and 3 improved only after participants completed training on the relevant course. Initial test scores were positively correlated with health literacy and academic achievement; were negatively correlated with viral load; and were lowest for participants living in poverty. Education, academic achievement, and health literacy were related to how much participants learned following each course. Computer-based education is a convenient, effective approach to promoting an understanding of HIV and its treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3152-3164
Number of pages13
JournalAIDS and behavior
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019


  • Fluency training
  • Health education
  • Instructional technology
  • Medication adherence
  • Multiple-probe design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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