Internet-based HIV/STI Prevention for Young MSM Receiving HIV Testing (KIU)
The purpose of this study is to develop an empirically validated, scientifically-based HIV and STI prevention program that can be delivered online to young men who have sex with men (YMSM) who were recently tested for HIV.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||A Randomized Control Trial of an Internet-based HIV/STI Prevention for Young MSM Receiving HIV Testing.|
- Sexual Risk Behavior [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- HIV knowledge, Decisional Balance, condom errors, safer sex self-efficacy, intentions [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||August 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2011|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||January 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Active intervention
Highly interactive, motivational, culturally tailored, online HIV prevention.
Behavioral: Keep It Up!
Online HIV Intervention Prevention Website tailored to Young Men that Have Sex with Men. Website is tailored to be more engaging, includes videos and games.
Active Comparator: Information only
Medically fact based online intervention.
Behavioral: Information only
Medically fact based HIV information delivered online.
Presently, there are a limited number of proven HIV interventions culturally tailored to young men who have sex with men (YMSM). This is alarming because Men who have sex with men comprise 68% of HIV/AIDS diagnoses in men, despite representing a much smaller proportion of the population. In addition, MSM are reporting more sexual risk behavior than in previous years and there is significant concern that HIV infection rates may once again be on the rise after more than a decade of remaining relatively stable.
The Internet is a viable intervention avenue because of it's high percentage of accessibility and usage, especially among young adults. Moreover, it might hold a strong appeal for YMSM, since its anonymity confers a sense of perceived safety against stigma surrounding HIV prevention information.
The purpose of this study is to compare two different versions of an online HIV/STI intervention for YMSM. This study is part of an overall program of research designed to understand and prevent HIV infection among high-risk youth. Participation in this study will help us to determine the usefulness of an tailored and interactive HIV Internet-assisted intervention.
|United States, Illinois|
|Howard Brown Health Center|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60613-2010|
|Principal Investigator:||Brian S Mustanski, PhD||University of Illinois at Chicago|