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A Pilot Peer Mentor Intervention That Trains Black Men Who Have Sex With Men (BMSM) to Use and Promote Uptake of HIV/STI Self‐Testing to Peers and Sex Partners: STAR Study (Self‐Testing at Your Residence)

2019-10-16 10:39:37 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The objectives of the study are to assess the feasibility, reach and preliminary efficacy of a brief intervention that trains Black men who have sex with men [referred to as Index] (a) to use home-based testing for HIV and sexually transmitted infections and (b) promote home-based testing to their peers and sexual partners.

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) increase one's risk of HIV infection, are serious co-infections that affect HIV clinical outcomes, and remain a risk for individuals using PrEP. Self-testing methods address barriers to clinic-based testing by offering convenience and privacy and have been shown to be well accepted by MSM. Therefore, use of self-testing is a potential approach through which to improve HIV and STI testing rates in MSM. Internet-based distribution (herein: web-based) of STI self-test kits enables an individual to request sampling kits via a website, mail biological specimens (e.g. urethral swabs) to a laboratory for testing, and view test results through a web-based account. Web-based self-HIV oral testing enables an individual to request a test kit, collect an oral specimen, and receive results within 20 minutes. Despite these potential benefits and reports of willingness to use free self-testing, uptake has been low due to barriers such as concerns about accuracy of the tests, apprehension to collect specimens, low risk perception, and the desire for counseling. In the proposed study, investigators will pilot test an intervention that address these barriers by training BMSM with information about the accuracy of the HIV rapid oral test kit, demonstrating how to properly collect specimens for HIV and STIs (gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis) self-testing, and providing resources for linkage to HIV and STI treatment and PrEP services. Study participants will utilize a secure website to request test kits.

Study Design

Conditions

HIV/AIDS

Intervention

Peer Mentor, Website only

Location

Lighthouse Studies @ Peer Point
Baltimore
Maryland
United States
21205

Status

Recruiting

Source

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-16T10:39:37-0400

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