for males ages 18-35 (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
study started
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Home HIV self-testing has been FDA approved and allows users to read their own HIV test results at home, while home sexually transmitted infection (STI) test self-collection allows men to use a swab at home and mail it in for testing. The purpose of this study is to learn how Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) use these new testing options, a set of online support tools, and the option to test with someone to support them (a testing "buddy"). We will also evaluate whether the online tools help these men to connect with HIV prevention services such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) if they test HIV negative, and to HIV care services if they test HIV positive.

Official Title

HOME Study: Evaluation of a Combination Support Package to Increase Uptake of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and HIV/STI Testing Among Young Black and Latino MSM in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Participants will be randomized 2:1 after enrollment to the intervention and control condition. Data obtained from this study will be used to inform the further tailoring and distribution of an intervention for young Black and Latino MSM to increase utilization of home HIV self-testing and linkage to HIV treatment and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).


HIV Prevention Sexually Transmitted Diseases Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis PrEP Risk reduction STI prevention Home HIV testing HIV testing STI testing HOME Study intervention Control


You can join if…

Open to males ages 18-35

  • Self-identify as Black or Latino.
  • Report anal sex with at least one male sex partner in the prior 12 months.
  • HIV negative by self-report.
  • Currently own a cell phone.
  • Willing and able to provide written informed consent.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Inadequate contact information for follow-up.
  • In a mutually monogamous sexual relationship for the past 12 months.
  • Currently taking PrEP.
  • Does not have reliable access to the Internet.
  • Does not live, work, or play in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Planning to move out of the Bay Area during the 9 month study period.
  • Previously participated in the HOME Pilot study.
  • Any medical, psychiatric, or social condition, or occupational, or other responsibility that, in the judgment of the investigator, would make participation in the study unsafe, complicate interpretation of study outcome data, or otherwise interfere with achieving the study objectives.


  • Bridge HIV, San Francisco Department of Public Health
    San Francisco California 94102 United States


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