CDUHR AIDS Seminar: TRUST: A friend-based intervention to increase consistent HIV self-testing among Black or African-American, gay, bisexual, and other MSM and transgender women

September 10
10:30-11:30am

715 Broadway, 12th Floor, Room 1221

Please join us for a CDUHR AIDS Seminar featuring Dr. Victoria Frye, who will deliver a presentation on TRUST: A friend-based intervention to increase consistent HIV self-testing among Black or African-American, gay, bisexual, and other MSM and transgender women.

Dr. Frye will describe the design and preliminary results of TRUST, a randomized controlled trial of an intervention designed to support consistent HIV self-testing among Black or African-American MSM and transgender women. TRUST randomized friend pairs to either a brief behavioral intervention, where they learned how to HIV self-test, enhanced peer support for testing and linkage to care, and increased motivation and developed plans for consistent testing (every three months), or a control condition, where they learned about self-screening for a range of common health conditions. This talk will describe the original vision for the intervention, changes made along the way in the study design, and preliminary results of impact of the intervention on HIV self-testing at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months post-intervention.

Victoria Frye is an Associate Medical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine of the CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM). She received her BA (History), MPH (Epidemiology) and DrPH (Sociomedical Sciences) from Columbia University. Dr. Frye is currently the Principal Investigator of two HIV prevention studies funded by the NIH. PEPTALK (R21 AI-122996) is a study to design and evaluate a media campaign to increase demand for post-exposure HIV prophylaxis (PEP), among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). TRUST (R01 DA-038108) is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test a peer-based behavioral intervention to increase consistent HIV self-testing among African-American or Black MSM and transgender women.