Does Time Matter? Mobile Health Program Enrollment Duration Effects on Healthy Behaviors Among Key Populations in Lomé

Vincent-Irénée Agbovi, Cabinet d'Expertise en Développement Economique et Social en Afrique
Natalie Morris, University of California, Berkeley
Orlando Hernandez, International Business & Technical Consultants Inc.
Ndola Prata , University of California, Berkeley

Key populations in Togo, including MSM and female sex workers, experience disproportionately high rates of HIV prevalence. In response to this situation, USAID and FHI360 established the Regional HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project (PACTE-VIH) program, which utilized mHealth to send reminders to enrolled participants on ways to reduce the risk of HIV infection. While mHealth programs are known to be effective in improving HIV-related health behavior outcomes, the role of length of time enrolled in an mHealth program is not well understood. The goal of this study was to determine whether there was a relationship between time enrolled in the PACTE-VIH mHealth program and adoption of prevention behavior. Data came from research conducted in Lomé, Togo, in 2016. Fully adjusted logistic regression models demonstrated no significant difference in odds of adopting prevention behavior between enrollment times of less than six months and any category greater than six months.

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 Presented in Session 135. Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV, Fertility, and Reproductive Health