Connecting Resources for Urban Sexual Health (CRUSH)
The overall goal of the CRUSH project is to enhance and extend a response to the local HIV/AIDS epidemic in Alameda County with a set of innovative, evidence-based interventions across the continuum of HIV prevention and care, targeting individuals and communities most vulnerable to HIV. The East Bay AIDS Center, in partnership with the University of California San Francisco's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, the Gladstone Institutes, and several key community-based organizations, are engaging in a participatory partnership to enhance and implement HIV services which target the East Bay's highest risk population- young men who have sex with men (Y/MSM). Specifically, the CRUSH Project is designed to evaluate a combination of program approaches to address the sexual health care needs of young gay men of color and their sexual partners by enhancing the current program activities of the Downtown Youth Clinic (DYC).
We hypothesize that we can reduce the impact of HIV among Y/MSM by expanding the current DYC services structure in two ways. We intend to expand HIV testing, and linkage to and retention in care for youth who test HIV positive, providing them with intensive risk-reduction counseling and antiretroviral treatment, and thereby ultimately reducing the risk of further HIV transmission. And we intend for the first time to offer a comprehensive combination package of preventive services to HIV-negative youth, including routine accesses to HIV/STI screening and treatment, and access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
The CRUSH Project will also have a substudy that will enroll HIV-negative participants who are eligible to receive PEP. The substudy will evaluate the tolerability and acceptability of a 28 day course of Stribild® given as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent sexual acquisition of HIV-1 in Y/MSM of color.
|HIV Sexually Transmitted Infections||Other: Testing and linkage to care for Y/MSM Behavioral: Engagement and retention for HIV-positive Y/MSM in care Other: Engagement and retention for HIV-negative Y/MSM in sexual health services Drug: Stribild PEP Substudy|
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Connecting Resources for Urban Sexual Health|
- The proportion of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) of color who test positive for HIV at partner agencies and the proportion of positive and negative YMSM who are tested for HIV and linked to care on a quarterly and annual basis. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Expanding the investigators currently successful HIV testing strategy—collaborations and systems of referral of new cases of HIV from existing partners—so that referrals are also received for high risk negatives to receive sexual health services. Implementing two new strategies: social network testing and a youth outreach corps working with partner agencies; it is hypothesized that social network testing will increase the proportion of positive test results.
- The proportion of HIV-positive enrolled YMSM who are retained, on therapy, and who have achieved viral suppression within one year of entering care. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Optimizing current HIV care and treatment services at DYC by adding three new components: a patient peer mentoring component, a linkage and retention specialist, and psychosocial support for program staff.
- The proportion of HIV-uninfected YMSM participants who are retained, receive sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, and receive non-occupational post-exposure-prophylaxis (nPEP) and/or PrEP. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Integrating sexual health services for HIV-uninfected young MSM of color into an HIV care setting, including PrEP, warm-hand offs for high risk negatives, nPEP, risk reduction counseling, frequent HIV and STI testing, and youth-focused programming.
- Substudy Primary Outcome: To evaluate the tolerability and acceptability of a 28 day course of Stribild® given as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent sexual acquisition of HIV-1. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Regimen completion at 28 days.
- Substudy Secondary Outcome: To assess the renal safety of Stribild® PEP. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Change from baseline in serum creatinine and eGFR.
- Substudy Secondary Outcome: To assess the renal safety of Stribild® PEP. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Markers of proximal tubulopathy (glycosuria, proteinuria > 1+).
- Substudy Secondary Outcome: To document any HIV-1 seroconversions occurring while on Stribild® PEP. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]HIV-1 seroconversion.
- Substudy Secondary Outcome: To document the side effect profile of Stribild® given as PEP [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Frequency of adverse events.
- Substudy Secondary Outcome: To assess adherence to Stribild® PEP. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Self-reported adherence and reasons for non-adherence.
- Substudy Secondary Outcome: To assess adherence to Stribild® PEP. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Changes from baseline in quality of life.
- Substudy Secondary Outcome: To assess adherence to Stribild® PEP. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]Early cessation of regimen.
|Study Start Date:||May 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||March 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: Study intervention||
Other: Testing and linkage to care for Y/MSM
Implementation of strategies to enhance testing and linkage to care of Y/MSM, including social network testing and a youth outreach corps working with existing and new community partner agencies.Behavioral: Engagement and retention for HIV-positive Y/MSM in care
Optimizing current HIV care and treatment services at DYC by implementing a patient peer mentoring component, a linkage and retention specialist, and psychosocial support for program staff.Other: Engagement and retention for HIV-negative Y/MSM in sexual health services
Offering a highly effective combination HIV prevention strategy, including PrEP; warm-hand offs for high-risk negatives, nPEP; risk reduction counseling; frequent HIV and STI testing, including testing a highly sensitive method of detecting early HIV infection; and youth-focused programming.Drug: Stribild PEP Substudy
A substudy of 28 days of once-daily Stribild® initiated within 72 hours of a high risk sexual exposure for HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
The CRUSH Project (Connecting Resources for Urban Sexual Health) is a demonstration project at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center's East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) and Downtown Youth Clinic (DYC) offering interventions aimed at reducing HIV-1 incidence among young MSM of color in the East Bay region. CRUSH has two major components:
- Providing enhanced testing and linkage to care (TLC+) for HIV positives, aimed at increasing the proportion of HIV positive Y/MSM who are in care, virologically suppressed, and receiving intensive risk reduction counseling.
- Providing comprehensive sexual health services to high risk HIV-negatives, including but not limited to the provision of PrEP and PEP when clinically appropriate.
In addition, the CRUSH Project will offer a substudy of CRUSH, and will enroll HIV negative CRUSH participants who are eligible to receive PEP. Stribild® is a single-tablet, four-drug, once-daily complete regimen that is FDA-approved for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in treatment-naïve HIV-infected adults with estimated glomerular filtration rate ≥70ml/min/1.73m2. Because of limited data, no antiretroviral drug or combination of drugs has been approved for PEP. Current PEP guidelines generally call for using a 28-day course of a 3-drug regimen that has been approved for the treatment of HIV-1 infection
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02183909
|United States, California|
|Downtown Youth Clinic|
|Oakland, California, United States, 94609|
|Principal Investigator:||Jeff Burack, MD||East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC)|
|Principal Investigator:||Robert Grant, MD, MPH||Gladstone Institutes|
|Principal Investigator:||Janet Myers, PhD||UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention|