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Connect 'n Unite: Couples-Based HIV/STI Prevention for Drug-Involved, Black MSM

2014-08-27 04:00:28 | BioPortfolio

Summary

This study rigorously tests the efficacy of a couples-based HIV and sexually transmitted infection (HIV/STI) preventive intervention for African American/Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in same sex intimate relationships in which at least one partner is using stimulants (herein referred to as "stimulant-using, Black MSM couples"). This study is a logical progression from the investigative team's CDC-funded pilot study that successfully pilot tested a couples-based intervention originally for heterosexual couples ("Connect") adapted for a new target population of methamphetamine-using, Black MSM couples. That pilot study culminated with a manualized, 7-session intervention entitled "Connect 'n Unite" (CNU—pronounced "seein' you"—for short) as a candidate couples-based HIV preventive intervention for stimulant-using, Black MSM couples. This study is a randomized clinical trial with 240 stimulant-using, Black MSM couples to test the impact of CNU versus a wellness promotion (WP) attention control condition on behavioral and biologically assayed outcomes over a 12-month follow-up period. The study has the following primary aims: (1) to test whether participants assigned to CNU engage in lower HIV/STI behavioral risk compared to participants assigned to WP; (2) to test whether participants assigned to CNU have lower cumulative incidence of STIs—chlamydia and gonorrhea—confirmed via biological assay compared to participants assigned to WP; and (3) to test whether participants assigned to CNU engage in less drug use compared to participants assigned to WP.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Conditions

HIV

Intervention

Connect 'n Unite, Wellness Promotion

Location

Columbia University School of Social Work
New York
New York
United States
10027

Status

Recruiting

Source

Columbia University

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T04:00:28-0400

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