Deep South Remedy
To qualify: Self-report as African American or Black race; report having had sex with another male (MSM) in the past 6 months preceding the baseline assessment; being 18 to 25 years old; and reside in the Jackson, MS MSA.
The overall goal of this study is to quantify empirically the multi-level perceptions of HIV cure clinical research among HIV-infected African American MSM and affected communities (i.e., HIV-uninfected African American MSM and community residents) and to identify the salient correlates of knowledge and awareness of HIV cure research as well as the barriers and facilitators to participation in HIV cure clinical studies and to the uptake of HIV cure discoveries.
Specific Aim 1: Evaluate: a. HIV cure research knowledge and awareness; b. the willingness to participate in HIV cure research and to uptake cure discoveries; and c. the associations of demographics, intrapersonal beliefs and attitudes, and psychosocial factors with HIV cure research perceptions among 225 African American MSM in the cities of Atlanta, GA, Jackson, MS, and New Orleans, LA (75 per site: 25 HIV-infected and 50 HIV-uninfected).
Specific Aim 2: a. Quantify neighborhood-level HIV cure research perceptions and b. relate the associations of neighborhood-level HIV cure research perceptions with individual-level HIV cure research perceptions. We will randomly select 15 community residents co-located in the neighborhood of HIV-infected African American MSM to complete a paper-based survey and use Empirical Bayes estimates to derive the neighborhood-level measures.
Inclusion criteria: We will identify, enroll, and assess 225 African American MSM aged 18 years and older from the cities of Atlanta, GA, Jackson, MS, and New Orleans, LA MSAs (225 per site; 75 HIV-infected and 150 HIV-uninfected). Eligibility further requires a confirmed HIV serostatus and a self-report of male assigned male at birth, or cis-males, and oral or anal sex with another man within the past 12 months. We will enroll men irrespective of their HIV serostatus until the a priori recruitment caps are met (75 HIV-infected and 150 HIV-uninfected at each study site).
Open Arms Healthcare Center
805 East River Place
Jackson, MS 39202
My Brother’s Keeper, Inc, Center for Research, Evaluation, and Environmental & Policy Change
510 George Street, Suite 100
Jackson, MS 39202