Effects of peer sexual health education on college campuses: A systematic review


OBJECTIVE: College peer health education groups have grown in popularity to provide information about health and wellness topics. The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of peer education groups on reducing sexual health risks and increasing sexual health knowledge on a college campus. METHOD: The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses guidelines were followed in searching, extracting, appraising, and synthesizing the evidence. A quality assessment was also conducted. The review was conducted in April 2017. RESULTS: The initial search yielded 2,503 records. After critical appraisal, eight articles remained. Peer education was beneficial for increasing knowledge of sexual health topics and creating some behavior change such as increased condom use and HIV testing. Additionally, interventions developed specifically for women were effective. CONCLUSIONS: Peer education is an effective way to disseminate sexual health information and can be a reliable resource for college students


Wong T, Pharr JR, Bungum T, Coughenour C, Lough NL




  • Population(s)
    • General HIV- population
  • Prevention
    • Sexual risk behaviour
    • Education/media campaigns


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