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Video monitors on public buses to help raise HIV testing awareness among African Americans

September 02, 2019

The primary investigator for the study is Professor John B. Jemmott III from Penn's Perelman School of Medicine and Annenberg School for Communication. Other co-investigators are Penn alumni Robin Stevens and Julie Cederbaum; Scarlett Bellamy, associate professor in Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and Ann O'Leary, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The study is funded by a research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Cross-sectional anonymous bus stop surveys of African American youth ages 14-24 who ride the bus through- and reside in- designated impoverished areas at least three times each will be conducted before "Reality Check" is shown in Los Angeles, immediately after it is shown, and three and six months after it is shown. The study sample will include 200 youth who exit buses in each of the two cities at each of the four assessment points, for a total of 1,600 participants.

SOURCE University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing