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Effect of an Online Video-Based Intervention to Increase HIV Testing in Men Who Have Sex With Men in Peru

This study has been completed.
University of Washington
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NGO Via Libre Identifier:
First received: September 10, 2008
Last updated: October 8, 2008
Last verified: September 2008
Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for the greatest burden of the HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) epidemic in Peru. Current interventions that promote early identification and treatment of these diseases target a limited number of this population because they rely solely on peer education. To assess the use of the Internet as an alternative tool to reach this population the investigators propose to conduct an online randomized controlled trial to compare the effect of HIV-testing motivational videos versus standard public health text, both offered through gay websites. The methodology the investigators will use is divided in: (1) the development period, where the investigators will select gay websites for banner advertisement, create and refine effective recruitment messages and design the online survey and the video-based intervention (2) the intervention period, where participants who meet the eligibility criteria will be randomized into a video or a standard public health text. The videos will be customized for three audiences based on self-identification: gay, non-gay and trans and will be framed within the health-belief model and the stages of change theory (3) in the outcome evaluation period we will compare the 'intentions to get tested' and 'time to HIV testing at the clinic' among MSM of each of the trial arms. If the Internet is an effective venue to reach MSM for HIV testing, Peruvian health programs that target this population may start considering the delivery of web-based interventions and other online prevention services to this under served and hard-to-reach population.

Condition Intervention
HIV Infections Device: HIV-testing motivational videos Device: Standard public health text

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose: Screening

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to HIV testing at the clinic

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Intentions to get tested for HIV

Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: May 2008
Primary Completion Date: April 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A Device: HIV-testing motivational videos
Active Comparator: B Device: Standard public health text


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a man and report having had sex with a man
  • Be a resident of Lima, Peru
  • Answer the survey from Lima, Peru
  • Have not been tested for HIV during the last year
  • Have an email address that when typed twice matched and
  • Do not report being HIV positive

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Do not meet the inclusion criteria specified above
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00751192

NGO Via Libre
Lima, Peru, 01
Sponsors and Collaborators
NGO Via Libre
University of Washington
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr. Magaly Blas, NGO Via Libre and University of Washington Identifier: NCT00751192     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-6194-J
Study First Received: September 10, 2008
Last Updated: October 8, 2008

Keywords provided by NGO Via Libre:
Men who have sex with men
HIV testing
HIV Seronegativity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases processed this record on September 19, 2017