Project dates: May 2016 - April 2020
This project seeks to address an important gap in national HIV prevention efforts by developing an HIV intervention focused on African American heterosexual adolescent couples. Four of the most highly effective HIV prevention methods are: 1) correct and consistent condom use, 2) routine HIV testing and linkage and retention in care, 3) screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and 4) initiation of, and adherence to, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Correct and consistent condom use has been most regularly used in youth-focused HIV prevention interventions. Approaches that consider combination HIV prevention within the context of romantic relationships are needed.
The study will be conducted with high-risk heterosexual African American youth living in high HIV and poverty prevalence communities within the South Bronx. High-risk youth is defined as an individual aged 16-24 with a different sex primary partner and has at least one of the following: a) self-reported sexually transmitted infection, including HIV, in the last 12 months, b) concurrent partner(s), c) ever had MSM sex, or d) history of incarceration. A combination prevention intervention will be developed and refined through feedback from the couples, community stakeholders and leading youth HIV prevention researchers. The intervention will then be implemented and evaluated.Abstract on NIH RePORTER