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.