Wednesday, June 3rd 2020
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Adolescents and young adults (AYA) account for over 20% of new HIV infections in the US, with the majority of new cases among males. Social media is a dominant force in the lives of young men and represents an important, source of information and discussion regarding HIV risk and prevention. Despite this, little is known about the content of online conversations about HIV among AYA men. To fill this gap, our study investigates online discourse about HIV through a rigorous qualitative analysis of popular HIV-related tweets by young men in the U.S. This discourse is of outmost importance now during the COVID-19 outbreak given the strong reliance on social media interactions during quarantine.
- The presentation will illuminate the different categories of tweets young adolescents encounter on social media.
- The larger themes and their effects on teens will also be discussed.
- Finally, we will share the weaponization of public health in the form of automated bots.
CHOP/ University Of Pennsylvania/ Princeton University
Natalia graduated from Princeton University in 2020 with honors. Her degree in Evolutionary Biology was supplemented with a minor in Global Health. Thanks to her classes on social determinants of health, Natalia decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health in combination with her MD. This fall she will be starting both of her degrees jointly at Feinberg School of Medicine-Northwestern University.