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Pilot of Mpowerment for Young Men Who Have Sex With Men (YMSM) in Beirut

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02918799
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 29, 2016
Last Update Posted : January 10, 2018
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
This project will adapt and pilot a multi-level, community-based intervention to promote HIV prevention and sexual health among young men who have sex with men in Beirut.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
HIV Behavioral: Mpowerment

Detailed Description:
Mpowerment (MP) is an evidence-based community-level, structural, social and behavioral intervention for HIV prevention developed for YMSM that targets individual and community empowerment and mobilization, self-affirmation, sexual self-knowledge, and creation of a supportive social environment. MP has been widely used in the U.S., but not in a mostly Muslim setting. This project will adapt and pilot MP for the sociocultural issues facing YMSM (age 18-29) in Beirut. There will be a 2-year pilot implementation of MP, with longitudinal cohorts of YMSM in Beirut and Jounieh, the latter being the control community. Primary outcomes will be unprotected anal sex and HIV testing, with secondary outcomes being engagement in peer outreach, and perceived peer norms related to condom use and HIV testing.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 226 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Intervention will be evaluated with community cohort and use of pre- post-intervention analysis plan
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Pilot of Culturally Tailored Mpowerment for HIV Prevention Among YMSM in Beirut
Actual Study Start Date : August 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : July 2019

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS
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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Community cohort
Beirut community will receive the multi-component intervention Mpowerment; the community cohort of YMSM will be used to evaluate the effects of the intervention on the community, as the cohort participants may or may not have participated in the intervention.
Behavioral: Mpowerment
MP is a multi-level intervention that reaches out to all YMSM in a community by mobilizing men to encourage their friends to reduce risk behavior and join the program (informal outreach), along with holding social activities that promote safe sex (formal outreach). MP provides YMSM with skills, support and confidence to find solutions within themselves for sexual health, and seeks to affirm the validity and rights of same-sex behavior and identities.

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. condomless anal sex [ Time Frame: past 3 months ]
    condomless anal sex with HIV+ or unknown status partners in past 3 months will be assessed via questionnaire

  2. HIV testing [ Time Frame: past 6 months ]
    Variable will be assessed via questionnaire

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 29 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • men aged 18-29, who have had anal sex with men in the past 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • not residing in Lebanon
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02918799

Sponsors and Collaborators
Lebanese AIDS Society
Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality
University of California, San Francisco
AIDS Project Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Glenn Wagner, PhD RAND
More Information

Responsible Party: RAND
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02918799     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2014-0992
First Posted: September 29, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 10, 2018
Last Verified: January 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No