Summary

for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at UCSF
study started
estimated completion
Mallory O. Johnson (ucsf)

Description

Summary

This is a randomized controlled trial of a new behavioral intervention designed to improve engagement in HIV care for couples. Investigators will compare the HIV viral load outcomes of couples randomized to a couples-based adherence intervention (DuoPACT) or to an individual adherence intervention (LifeSteps).

Official Title

A Couples-based Approach to Improving Engagement in HIV Care

Details

The investigators will test the intervention to improve HIV care engagement by enrolling 150 sexual or gender minority couples and randomizing 75 couples each to one of two conditions: 1) DuoPACT, a newly-developed couples intervention; or 2) LifeSteps, a standardized antiretroviral adherence intervention for HIV+ individuals. After randomization, intervention sessions will be delivered weekly (6 DuoPACT sessions, or 3 Life Steps sessions). All couples will be assessed pre/post intervention to evaluate intervention effects via behavioral indicators of engagement in HIV care, the couple's relationship dynamics, and the primary outcome of HIV viral load.

Keywords

HIV/AIDS Treatment Adherence Intervention Sexual and Gender Minority Couples DuoPACT LifeSteps

Eligibility

You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  1. 18+ years old;
  2. Identifies as a sexual or gender minority;
  3. In a primary romantic relationship for at least 3 months;
  4. At least one partner is HIV+;
  5. English-speaking;
  6. Able to provide informed consent; and
  7. For HIV+ participants: Evidence of suboptimal engagement in HIV care.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Must be able to consent to and follow study protocol;
  2. Evidence of severe cognitive impairment or active psychosis;
  3. Plans to relocate from Bay Area in the next 6 months; or
  4. Participation in the DuoPACT pilot.

Location

  • Center for AIDS Prevention Studies accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94158 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Mallory O. Johnson (ucsf)
    I am a licensed clinical health psychologist, whose research has focused on understanding, measuring, and improving the health of patients with chronic diseases such as HIV. My program of multidisciplinary collaborative research is focused on improving HIV treatment outcomes through patient empowerment. My teaching mission is primarily achieved through my mentoring of early career investigators.

Details

Status
accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
(estimated)
Sponsor
University of California, San Francisco
ID
NCT02925949
Study Type
Interventional
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