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

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment.
Verified September 2016 by RAND
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02918799
First Posted: September 29, 2016
Last Update Posted: September 29, 2016
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Collaborators:
Lebanese AIDS Society
Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality
University of California, San Francisco
AIDS Project Los Angeles
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
RAND
  Purpose
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 Intervention
HIV Behavioral: Mpowerment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Pilot of Culturally Tailored Mpowerment for HIV Prevention Among YMSM in Beirut

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Further study details as provided by RAND:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 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

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


Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: October 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2019 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: intervention
Beirut community will receive the multi-component intervention Mpowerment.
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.
No Intervention: control
Areas outside greater Beirut will not receive the intervention.

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.
  Eligibility

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

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


Contacts
Contact: Glenn Wagner, PhD 310-393-0411 ext 7698 gwagner@rand.org

Sponsors and Collaborators
RAND
Lebanese AIDS Society
Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality
University of California, San Francisco
AIDS Project Los Angeles
Investigators
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 Submitted: September 16, 2016
First Posted: September 29, 2016
Last Update Posted: September 29, 2016
Last Verified: September 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No