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Author Topic: Study On Using Home Test To Screen Partners  (Read 910 times)

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Offline tednlou2

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Study On Using Home Test To Screen Partners
« on: July 26, 2012, 01:00:28 AM »
It's one study with a small number of participants.  I think this does has the potential to reduce some infections.  I know many don't like the test, and really don't like the idea of screening tricks. 

 http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/hiv_home_testing_1667_22737.shtml

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Re: Study On Using Home Test To Screen Partners
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2012, 01:18:10 AM »
It's one study with a small number of participants.  I think this does has the potential to reduce some infections.  I know many don't like the test, and really don't like the idea of screening tricks. 

 http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/hiv_home_testing_1667_22737.shtml

Interesting how they alternate  "partners" and "men" throughout the article. Was the opposite sex involved somehow ?

I wonder how many of these 32 men in the study will test positive at one year after barebacking with someone getting a false negative. The study seems a bit too short.

Also, a 3 months study of 32 men, and they only had 140 sexual partners collectively ? What gives ;-) ?

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Re: Study On Using Home Test To Screen Partners
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2012, 10:34:13 AM »
Was the opposite sex involved somehow ?

No, the study participants were all men who have sex with men.

You can link to the journal article about the study via the page linked here. http://www.hivcenternyc.org/research/samesex/Home-basedRapidHIVTesting_000.html
« Last Edit: July 26, 2012, 10:45:52 AM by emeraldize »

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Re: Study On Using Home Test To Screen Partners
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2012, 07:24:59 PM »
No, the study participants were all men who have sex with men.

As far as I know, the term MSM does not exclude men who have sex with both men and women.
I thought the term MSM was specifically crafted as an alternative to the word "gay".

MSM != Men who only have sex with men .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_who_have_sex_with_men

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You can link to the journal article about the study via the page linked here. http://www.hivcenternyc.org/research/samesex/Home-basedRapidHIVTesting_000.html

Thanks.

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Re: Study On Using Home Test To Screen Partners
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012, 09:56:05 PM »
As far as I know, the term MSM does not exclude men who have sex with both men and women.

That's right.

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Re: Study On Using Home Test To Screen Partners
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2012, 10:15:40 PM »
That's right.

Which would imply some of the partners of these MSM may not have been all men.

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Re: Study On Using Home Test To Screen Partners
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012, 12:21:42 AM »
From the study abstract "The Rapid Home Test study is an exploration of how self-testing for HIV might be used by men with male sex partners who choose not to use condoms consistently. The Food and Drug Administration is considering authorization of over-the-counter sales of the oral fluid-based rapid HIV test, but little is known about how men might use the product to screen their sexual partners."

The study criteria would have to be reviewed to determine whether they excluded men who have sex with men and women. I'll see if I can locate.

edited to add: Detailed Description:
HIV counseling and testing remains one of the most effective HIV prevention interventions because many individuals newly diagnosed with HIV infection will alter their behaviors to reduce the risk of HIV transmission to others. In the U.S., men who have sex with men (MSM) represent the group with the greatest risk for HIV acquisition despite a high penetrance of testing, in part because their frequent exposures and infrequent testing can result in long intervals between HIV acquisition and diagnosis. Efforts to prevent HIV transmission among MSM must therefore increase the frequency of HIV testing and thereby decrease the time interval that infected individuals are unaware of their status and their potential for transmission. Home self-testing for HIV may increase the frequency of HIV testing, but there are concerns that it may also have negative consequences, including decreased access to risk reduction counseling.

We will randomize 246 MSM at high risk of HIV acquisition either to have access to home self-testing for HIV using the OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test or to standard, clinic-based HIV testing for 15 months to determine the effects of home self-testing availability on HIV testing frequency and markers of risk for HIV acquisition and to assess the acceptability and ease of use of home self-testing. After screening to determine eligibility, study visits will occur at baseline and at 15 months. Both visits will include HIV/STD screening and surveys regarding HIV testing and risk behaviors. During follow-up, participants will be asked to complete brief online surveys after testing for HIV.

  Eligibility


Ages Eligible for Study:    18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:    Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:    Yes

Criteria
Inclusion Criteria:

•Male
•Age ≥18
•Has sex with men
•HIV-negative
•Meets PHSKC HIV/STD Program definition of "high risk"
•Plans to live in Seattle for the next 15 months
Exclusion Criteria:

•Unable to safely and confidentially receive or store a home testing kit

The criteria do not state a man can't have sex with women, but definitely must be at high risk of HIV acquisition due to sex with men.
« Last Edit: July 28, 2012, 12:30:52 AM by emeraldize »

 


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