Pilot testing Fostering Open eXpression among Youth (FOXY), an arts-based HIV/STI prevention approach for adolescent women in the Northwest Territories, Canada

Candice L. Lys, Carmen H. Logie, Moses Okumu

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Abstract

Fostering Open eXpression among Youth (FOXY) is an arts-based HIV prevention program developed by Northern Canadians to address sexual health, HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexuality, and healthy relationships among Northern and Indigenous youth in Canada. We conducted a pilot study with Indigenous and Northern young women aged 13–17 years from 17 communities in the Northwest Territories to evaluate whether, in comparison to pre-intervention, FOXY participants demonstrated increased knowledge of STIs, increased safer sex self-efficacy, and increased resilience. Wilcoxon test results indicated significant increases in STI knowledge scores and safer sex self-efficacy scores. Findings suggest that FOXY holds promise as an effective method of delivering sexual health information through peer education, and increasing STI knowledge, safe sex self-efficacy, and resilience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)980-986
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume29
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arts-based intervention
  • HIV/STI prevention
  • Indigenous
  • Northwest Territories
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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