Defining the content of an online sexual health intervention: the MenSS Website

Rosie Webster, Makeda Gerressu, Claudia Estcourt, Susan Michie, Jane Anderson, Chee Siang Ang, Elizabeth Murray, Greta Rait, Judith Stephenson, Julia V. Bailey

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Background: Health promotion and risk reduction are essential components of sexual health care. However, it can be difficult to prioritize these within busy clinical services. Digital interventions may provide a new method for supporting these.
Objective: The MenSS (Men’s Safer Sex) website is an interactive digital intervention developed by a multidisciplinary team, which aims to improve condom use in men who have sex with women (MSW). This paper describes the content of this intervention, and the rationale for it.
Methods: Content was informed by a literature review regarding men’s barriers to condom use, workshops with experts in sexual health and technology (N=16) and interviews with men in sexual health clinics (N=20). Data from these sources were analyzed thematically, and synthesized using the Behavior Change Wheel framework.
Results: The MenSS intervention is a website optimized for delivery via tablet computer within a clinic waiting room setting.
Key targets identified were condom use skills, beliefs about pleasure and knowledge about risk. Content was developed using behavior change techniques, and interactive website features provided feedback tailored for individual users.
Conclusions: This paper provides a detailed description of an evidence-based interactive digital intervention for sexual health, including how behavior change techniques were translated into practice within the design of the MenSS website. Triangulation between a targeted literature review, expert workshops, and interviews with men ensured that a range of potential influences on condom use were captured.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere82
Number of pages15
JournalJMIR Research Protocols
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015


  • MenSS Website
  • safe sex
  • health promotion
  • ehealth
  • heterosexual men
  • condom use
  • Heterosexual men
  • Behavior change
  • Condom use
  • eHealth
  • Sex education
  • Web-based intervention
  • Sexual health


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