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Advancing HIV Prevention and Linkage to Care Among MSM With Gamification

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02946164
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 27, 2016
Last Update Posted : February 22, 2018
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
University of California, Los Angeles
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, Berkeley

Brief Summary:
This study is a pilot evaluation of 'Stick To It', a behavioral intervention based on the concept of gamification. The objective of the program is to encourage young men who have sex with men (MSM) to be regularly screened for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to adopt safer sexual behaviors, with the ultimate goal to decrease HIV and STI incidence. Gamification is the application of game elements, like points, badges, and rewards, to non-game settings.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
HIV Infections Sexually Transmitted Diseases Behavioral: Stick To It Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The investigators will conduct a quasi-experimental pilot study of 'Stick To It', a prevention intervention that uses gamification principles and mechanics. The intervention includes an online timer that reminds men to get tested, online quizzes, and peer recruitment; these activities are awarded with points redeemable for chances at prizes at participating clinics. The intervention was designed based on findings from interviews with health staff and focus groups with young MSM, and with input from a gamification consultant. The primary hypothesis is that the intervention will increase repeat HIV/STI testing among young MSM. The intervention will be implemented at two STI clinics in Oakland and Los Angeles, California in 2-week intervals for six months. The investigators will review medical records of exposed and unexposed young MSM attending the same STI clinics to compare uptake of quarterly HIV testing and self-reported behavior after six months.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 166 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Advancing HIV Prevention and Linkage to Care Among MSM With Gamification
Study Start Date : October 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 31, 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : December 31, 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Comparison: Standard of Care
Standard services available to all men at AHF Wellness Centers.
Active Comparator: Intervention: 'Stick To It' Intervention
Behavioral intervention.
Behavioral: Stick To It
The intervention is a prize system linked to points earned through online and real-world activities designed to incentivize young MSM to test for HIV and STIs every three months. Participants receive points for pre-determined activities, such as: answering online quizzes, inviting friends to participate, and getting tested for HIV/STIs. Points are redeemable in person at two AIDS Healthcare Foundation Men's Wellness Centers, where participants will be able to exchange their points for gumballs from a gumball machine; different color combinations of gumballs correspond to prizes of different values. Participants are reminded to get tested regularly via SMS messages; in addition, they can check when their next test is due by checking their testing timer on the website.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Repeat HIV Testing [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    The number of men in the intervention who receive ≥1 additional HIV tests over 6 months of follow-up

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. HIV-related risk behavior [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    We will determine the number of reported sex partners, the prevalence and frequency of unprotected anal intercourse with a partner of opposite or unknown status in the past 6 months

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 26 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-26 years of age
  • male
  • self-identify as gay / bisexual / queer
  • willing and able to provide informed consent to join the Stick To It program
  • resident in one of several zip code areas surrounding the clinic

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not a resident of one of included zip code areas

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02946164

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United States, California
AHF Hollywood Wellness Center
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90027
AHF Wellness Center Oakland
Oakland, California, United States, 94606
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Berkeley
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
University of California, Los Angeles
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Principal Investigator: Sandra I McCoy, PhD Assistant Adjunct Professor
Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: University of California, Berkeley Identifier: NCT02946164    
Other Study ID Numbers: R34MH106359 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: October 27, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 22, 2018
Last Verified: February 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Communicable Diseases
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes