CPHI brings together students, trainees, staff, and faculty across the university in order to advance population health. Research focuses on the broad range of public health issues facing local, national and global populations. CPHI Fellows specialize in epidemiology, community health, health systems and delivery, global health, health behavior and more.
Featured Publication: Development of a Tailored HIV Prevention Intervention for Single Young Men Who Have Sex with Men Who Meet Partners Online: Protocol for the myDEx Project
Summary: The pilot designed a randomized control trial in order to test the logistics and efficacy of a web-based intervention which was tailored for single Young Men having Sex with Men (YMSM). The inclusion criteria required that the participants had recently had unprotected anal intercourse and self-reported a negative or unknown HIV status. The study was designed for cis-gendered single men, who were seeking to have sex with men through online dating. The control group received HIV and STI information that could be found on the internet. The treatment group received a six-time series of online interventions which were customized to match the participants’ behaviors related to finding a partner, demographic information, specific desires regarding a relationship, and prior attitudes about relationships. The intervention content harmonized safer sex and HIV prevention messages with the participants’ expectations for new partners.
The study was first launched in November 2016 and is still ongoing. Since then, 180 participants have been recruited, consented, and randomized, with 120 in the intervention group of the random controlled trial. The purpose of this study is to reduce risk in certain populations and more specifically YMSM between the ages of 18-24. Even with all of the advances made in the preventative care of HIV, new cases of HIV are still prevalent in this particular cohort. This study aims to better inform this population and reduce risk for YMSM through better adoption of HIV prevention strategies.