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Facebook peer groups may be useful for HIV education




 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Groups on the popular networking site Facebook may help educate men about HIV prevention and testing, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that specially-created Facebook social media groups helped encourage men who have sex with men to reach out for information about testing themselves at home for HIV.

The study is "really demonstrating a way to take what we already know to be effective… and translating it into the digital realm," Sheana Bull, professor and chair of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver, said.

"I think it does have a lot of potential and a lot of promise," said Bull, who wasn't involved with the new study.

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