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Exploring the effectiveness of an online sexual health workshop on sexual and relationship beliefs and HIV/STI prevention knowledge among Singaporean youth
  1. Xu Ming Yong1,
  2. Sumita Banerjee2,
  3. Jing Lin2,
  4. Thomas Nah2,
  5. Melvin Tan2,
  6. Adrian Tyler2,
  7. Feng Yi Tong1,
  8. Rayner Kay Jin Tan1,3
  1. 1 Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  2. 2 Action for AIDS, Singapore
  3. 3 University of North Carolina Project-China, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rayner Kay Jin Tan, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Singapore, Singapore; rayner.tan{at}

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In Singapore, sexual education programmes have traditionally placed strong focus on abstinence1; however, abstinence-only sexual education has shown to be ineffective in other settings.2 Here, we report on an online sexual health education workshop targeted to Singapore citizens or permanent residents 18–29 years old who identified as either women, heterosexual men, or gay, bisexual and queer (GBQ) men. Participants were targeted through the community-based organisation, Action for AIDS Singapore’s mailing list, and were able to register their interest for the workshop through an enrolment survey embedded in the invitation email. Participants were asked to provide documented informed consent prior to enrolment in the study, as well as before each survey. The module was conducted over Zoom for 2 hours. Content focused on building awareness and skills associated with recognising one’s sexual power or privilege and negotiating peer pressure in relationships and sexual partnerships, as well as knowledge on HIV and other STIs.

Participants were invited to complete pre-workshop and post-workshop surveys to document the following outcomes: sexual communication self-efficacy, or an individual’s ability to communicate with their sexual partners around contraception use, condom negotiation, as well as their sexual history3 …

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  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Contributors SB, FYT and RKJT conceptualised the study; RKJT and SB acquired the funding for the study; XMY and RKJT conducted formal analyses; SB, JL, TN, MT, AT, FYT and RKJT conducted the investigation; XMY, SB, JL, TN, MT, AT and RKJT curated the data associated with the study; XMY and RKJT wrote the original draft. All authors reviewed and approved of the manuscript prior to submission.

  • Funding This work was supported by MSD Pharma (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. Neighbour of Choice Grant 2019.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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