This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition hiv infection
Treatment cell phone sms text messaging
Sponsor The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Start date November 2014
End date December 2015
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT02301507, HSC-MS-14-0692


There has been increasing use of technology in delivery of healthcare and increasing use of cellular phone and text messaging services to help with various healthcare related issues including but not limited to medication adherence and clinic attendance. Mobile phones technology has been used for healthcare delivery and prevention strategies such as smoking cessation. In the present era, cell phones have become part of daily life for most people even among those in lower economic groups. There have also been several studies looking at cell phone text messaging services to improve adherence to ART among HIV infected subjects but no studies have so far been done in HIV infected young women to help retention and adherence to care. The overall goal of this study is to evaluation of the impact of texting intervention to improve adherence to care and treatment in HIV infected young women.

Study Hypothesis:

Text message intervention will improve adherence to ART in HIV infected young women.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose supportive care
texts received
cell phone sms text messaging
This study will utilize mobile texting services to send text messages to enrolled subjects on a weekly basis. The text would convey messages that promote better awareness and knowledge on HIV and its treatment, reminders for medication adherence and clinic appointments. The text content would also be customized based on individual subject requirements. English will be used in texting. We would also assess the subjects for traditional demographic items (e.g., age, marital status, education, number/age of other children, employment, and religion), and potential environmental barriers (e.g., transportation and childcare).

Primary Outcomes

Improve adherence to care and treatment in HIV infected young women. The outcome measure will be assessed by capturing kept medical appointments.
time frame: 6 months

Secondary Outcomes

assess improvements in stigma and depression in HIV infected women. The outcome measure will be assessed by questionaires.
time frame: 3 months

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants from 18 years up to 40 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. HIV-infected women who have been newly diagnosed within the past 1 year or who are just entering into care at Thomas Street Health Center. 2. Subjects must be 18 years or older. 3. Subjects must have cell phones with texting capability. 4. Ability to speak, read, or understand English or Spanish. 5. Must be willing and able to respond to text messages. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Women who are unable to speak, read, or understand English or Spanish

Additional Information

Official title Evaluation of Texting Intervention to Improve Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in Young Women Infected With Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in July 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.