$661,858 Federal Study: Will 'Rapid HIV Home Test' Reduce HIV Infection Among Gays?

Melanie Hunter
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The National Institutes of Health has awarded $661,858 to the New York State Psychiatric Institute to study whether the use of rapid home HIV tests will reduce sexual risk behavior in “men who have sex with men” and “transgender women.”

According to the grant abstract, men who have sex with men or MSM “are the only CDC-defined risk group in the US in which new HIV infections have been increasing steadily since the 1990s.”

“This study focuses on HIV-uninfected men and transgender women who have sex with men, with special emphasis on ethnic minority individuals, who have more than one sexual partner and never or seldom use condoms,” the grant said.

“Statistics about HIV among male-to-female transgender women (TGW) are often unavailable but it is known that HIV prevalence in this population is high, and the 2011 Institute of Medicine Consensus Report called for much needed research among transgender populations,” the grant said.

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