Rapid Home Test to Reduce Sexual Risk Behavior in MSM and Transgender Women

Principal Investigator: 


Funding Agency:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Collaborating Institution: 

AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, University of Puerto Rico

Study Location:

New York, NY, USA

San Juan, PR


The primary aim of this study is to determine if high-risk MSM and TGW who have access to HT and learn how to use it with potential sexual partners engage in less sexual risk behavior than MSM and TGW who do not use HT. The secondary aim is to determine if ease of access to HT affects its use to reduce occasions of unprotected anal intercourse. 

We have recruited over half of a sample of 300 participants in New York and San Juan, who have been randomized in equal numbers to one of two groups: Group A receives an HT intervention orienting them to effective ways of using HT to screen partners and is supplied with HT kits to use over 3 months; Group B receives neither the intervention nor the kits. All participants are monitored for 3 months through brief daily text message reports.