SAHARA

SAHARA is an interactive, computer-based sexual health and HIV prevention resource that is gender relevant and culturally sensitive for African-American women, ages 18-29. The two-session program emphasizes ethnic and gender pride, and offers multimedia learning, games and quizzes to deliver HIV risk-reduction information, sexual negotiation skills, proper condom use, and development of partner norms supportive of consistent condom use.

 

Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, SAHARA is an interactive, computer-based sexual health resource for African-American women, ages 18-29.
SAHARA includes two, 60-90-minute sessions that are gender relevant and culturally sensitive.
Each session offers multimedia learning, games and quizzes to help viewers increase and reinforce their risk-reduction awareness, knowledge, and skills.
The program focuses on how gender roles, commitment to a relationship, and a woman's lack of power in a relationship may affect her ability (and willingness) to implement consistent HIV risk reduction behaviors.
Videos of a group of program participants during a program workshop are designed to help the user feel they are part of the group.
SAHARA users are led through the program via video and audio narration by a member of the SiSTA development team.
Computer-based sexual health resources encourage individuals to take a pro-active interest in learning about HIV/AIDS prevention and other sexual health topics.
A recent study confirms SAHARA's success; users were more knowledgeable about HIV/STI knowledge and reported more condom-protected sex behaviors three-months after they viewed the program.
Women may interact with the computer-based program individually and at their own speed.