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AIDS Behav. 2018 Oct 4. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2287-y. [Epub ahead of print]

Exploration of Implementation Patterns and Content from a Text-Based Outreach Intervention Clinical Trial for Newly Diagnosed, HIV-Positive MSM in Beijing, China.

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1
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2029, USA.
2
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.
3
Fuwai Hospital/Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China.
4
Chaoyang Chinese AIDS Volunteer Group, Beijing, China.
5
Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.
6
Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, USA.
7
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, School of Nursing and the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
8
State Key Laboratory of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China.
9
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.
10
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2029, USA. ramico@umich.edu.

Abstract

The Multi-component HIV Intervention Packages for Chinese MSM (China MP3) project sought to facilitate engagement in care and initiation of antiretroviral therapy among newly HIV-diagnosed men who have sex with men in Beijing, China through the implementation of in-person peer-counseling (PC) and a weekly short message service (SMS)-based outreach text with as-needed follow-up during the first 12-months of living with HIV. Implementation of the interactive text-based intervention used a 'ticket system' to monitor and document responses to texted check-ins and PC follow-up. Using this tracking system, we characterized the 1521 tickets generated during the China-MP3 intervention across 184 intervention participants. A wide variety of topics were the focus of interactions prompted by texted outreach although most appeared to focus on issues related to ART and CD4 and viral load. Almost all participants engaged in at least one SMS-related discussion. Sending regular check-ins may offer unique opportunities to newly diagnosed MSM to ask questions or gather support between face-to-face visits.

KEYWORDS:

China; HIV; Peer counseling; Sexual and gender minorities; Text messaging

PMID:
30288683
DOI:
10.1007/s10461-018-2287-y

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