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HIV Prevention With the Mentally Ill

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boston Medical Center Identifier:
First received: March 20, 2008
Last updated: May 2, 2013
Last verified: March 2008

The purpose of this study is to determine whether motivational interviewing and skills building interventions reduce HIV risk behavior for adults with serious and persistent mental illness.

Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infections
Behavioral: Skills Building with Motivational Interviewing
Behavioral: Skills Building
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: HIV Prevention With the Mentally Ill: Motivation-Skills

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Further study details as provided by Boston Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Self-reported reduction in HIV risk behavior for infection/re-infection of HIV, as measured by administration of the TimeLine Follow-Back. [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Skillfulness in behaviors critical for efficacious use of HIV risk reduction strategies, measured by standardized role-plays and demonstrations [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • HIV-related knowledge, as measured by the HIV Knowledge Questionnaire (HIV-KQ) [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Accessing HIV counseling and testing, assessed by self-report [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 53
Study Start Date: February 2006
Study Completion Date: January 2009
Primary Completion Date: October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Skills Building with Motivational Interviewing (SB-MI)- combines education and general skills-building participants can use to reduce their at-risk behavior for HIV with increasing motivation to change HIV risk behaviors
Behavioral: Skills Building with Motivational Interviewing
Based on the Stages of Change model, participants are provided with feedback related to their current HIV risk and Motivational Interviewing strategies are used to increase motivation to decrease HIV risk behaviors. Participants are also provided with information and training in skills critical for reducing HIV risk
Active Comparator: 2
Skills Building (SB) - provides education and general skills-building for reduction of HIV risk behaviors.
Behavioral: Skills Building
Participants are provided with information and training in skills critical for reducing HIV risk.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 19 and older
  • Able to provide consent
  • Able to understand and speak English
  • Willing and able to participate
  • Suffer from a serious and persistent mental illness (SMI)
  • Have had at least one HIV risk behavior (unprotected sexual activity, sharing injection drug needles without following Center for Disease Control guidelines for needle-cleaning, sexual activity while under the influence of drugs or alcohol) during the three-month period prior to the baseline evaluation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Do not suffer from a serious mental illness
  • Have not engaged in an HIV risk behavior during the three-month period prior to the baseline evaluation.
  • Unable to provide consent
  • Unable to understand and speak English
  • Under the age of 19
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00643305

United States, Massachusetts
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Stephen Brady, Ph.D. The Trustees of Boston University, BUMS
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Boston Medical Center Identifier: NCT00643305     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Project HELP, 5R34MH075644-02
Study First Received: March 20, 2008
Last Updated: May 2, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Boston Medical Center:
Motivational Interviewing
Mental illness
Risk reduction
HIV Seronegativity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV Infections
Immune System Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Lentivirus Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Slow Virus Diseases
Virus Diseases processed this record on February 26, 2015