Interactive Health Technology Helps Increase Protection Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases in College Students

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Interactive health technology helps increase protection against sexually transmitted diseases in college students.

Dr. Sarah Lord, Director of College Health and a senior researcher at Inflexxion, Newton, MA, recently presented findings from a study of an online sexual risk prevention program at a conference sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in Washington, DC.

Dr. Lord presented the development process and the study results of MyStudentBody STDs, part of the Inflexxion MyStudentBody® College Health Suite. Compared to a control group, students who utilized the online MyStudentBody STDs program were approximately four times more likely to use condoms at six month follow-up. These results were statistically significant. "The study suggests that campus-sponsored online sexual risk prevention education can be very effective for college students," stated Dr. Lord.

The conference, entitled Augmenting HIV Prevention Using Information Technology, was held on March 1 and March 2.

The MyStudentBody College Health Suite provides comprehensive interactive online health information and risk reduction services to more than 750,000 college students, university administrators and health professionals across the United States. In addition to its primary purpose of providing health and risk prevention education to college students, the MyStudentBody Health Suite also provides real-time aggregate data to help school administrators and health professionals monitor outcomes of campus-specific health initiatives. Information can be obtained from dlannon(at)inflexxion.com.

About Inflexxion, Inc.

Inflexxion Inc., founded in 1989, creates behavioral health solutions for prevention, education and disease management using engaging interactive multimedia and Internet technologies. Inflexxion develops clinically tested programs for campus health, HIV, substance abuse and addiction, cancer, pain management, women's health and other wellness issues. Inflexxion is based in Newton, MA. http://www.inflexxion.com

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