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dc.contributor.authorHuang, Evelyn Tzu-Yen-
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Henrietta-
dc.contributor.authorHocking, Jane S-
dc.contributor.authorLim, Megan SC-
dc.identifier.citationJMIR mHealth and uHealth 2016; 4(4): e124en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: Smartphone apps provide a new platform for entertainment, information distribution, and health promotion activities, as well as for dating and casual sexual encounters. Previous research has shown high acceptability of sexual health interventions via smartphone apps; however, sexual health promotion apps were infrequently downloaded and underused. Integrating sexual health promotion into established apps might be a more effective method. Objective: The objective of our study was to critically review popular sex-related apps and dating apps, in order to ascertain whether they contain any sexual health content. Methods: Part 1: In January 2015, we used the term “sexual” to search for free apps in the Apple iTunes store and Android Google Play store, and categorized the sexual health content of the 137 apps identified. Part 2: We used the term “dating” to search for free geosocial-networking apps in the Apple iTunes and Android Google Play stores. The apps were downloaded to test functionality and to determine whether they included sexual health content. Results: Part 1: Of the 137 apps identified, 15 (11.0%) had sexual health content and 15 (11.0%) contained messages about sexual assault or violence. The majority of the apps did not contain any sexual health content. Part 2: We reviewed 60 dating apps: 44 (73%) targeting heterosexual users, 9 (15%) targeting men who have sex with men (MSM), 3 (5%) targeting lesbian women, and 4 (7%) for group dating. Only 9 dating apps contained sexual health content, of which 7 targeted MSM. Conclusions: The majority of sex-related apps and dating apps contained no sexual health content that could educate users about and remind them of their sexual risks. Sexual health practitioners and public health departments will need to work with app developers to promote sexual health within existing popular apps. For those apps that already contain sexual health messages, further study to investigate the effectiveness of the content is needed.en_US
dc.subjectMobile appsen_US
dc.subjectSexual healthen_US
dc.subjectSexually transmitted diseasesen_US
dc.subjectMobile Healthen_US
dc.titleSafe sex messages within dating and entertainment smartphone apps: a reviewen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.identifier.journaltitleJMIR mHealth and uHealthen_US
dc.identifier.affiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.identifier.affiliationAustin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.identifier.affiliationMelbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, Carlton, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.identifier.affiliationCentre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.identifier.affiliationDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.type.austinJournal Articleen_US
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