Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition hiv
Treatments crowdsourced intervention, traditional intervention campaign
Sponsor University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Collaborator National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Start date June 2016
End date July 2017
Trial size 1381 participants
Trial identifier NCT02796963, 16-0851, R01AI114310

Summary

The purpose of this stepped wedge randomized controlled trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of a crowdsourced intervention on promoting HIV testing among young Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM). The crowdsourced intervention will include an open contest, judging to determine finalists and prizes, a designathon, and contest-based MSM engagement. The hypothesis is that a crowdsourced intervention will be superior to conventional HIV test uptake campaigns in eliciting HIV test uptake.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose health services research
Arm
(Experimental)
Men will be exposed immediately to a comprehensive intervention promoting HIV testing.
crowdsourced intervention
The crowdsourced intervention is composed of three phases that cumulatively draw on crowd wisdom to engage the community: (1) a crowdsourcing contest to solicit optimal images/concepts/taglines; (2) a designathon to formulate optimal HIV testing campaigns; (3) a process of localization unique to each of the eight cities.
(Experimental)
Men will be exposed to a comprehensive intervention promoting HIV testing after a delay period.
crowdsourced intervention
The crowdsourced intervention is composed of three phases that cumulatively draw on crowd wisdom to engage the community: (1) a crowdsourcing contest to solicit optimal images/concepts/taglines; (2) a designathon to formulate optimal HIV testing campaigns; (3) a process of localization unique to each of the eight cities.
traditional intervention campaign Conventional HIV testing campaign
The pre-intervention period will include conventional HIV testing campaigns organized by local CDC, CBO, and partners. These are typically designed by experts and social marketing companies.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Number of MSM reporting HIV testing in the past three months
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Cost of developing and implementing the entire HIV test promotion intervention, in USD per person tested for HIV in the last six months
time frame: Six months after implementation of the crowdsourced intervention
Change in frequency of condom use
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
Change in HIV testing social norms
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
Change in HIV testing self-efficacy
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
Community engagement/ MSM community affiliation
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
Campaign engagement
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
HIV self-testing
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
Anticipated HIV stigma
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
Syphilis testing
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
Weibo engagement
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
Wechat engagement
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
QQ engagement
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention
Mobile app engagement
time frame: From implementation roll-out to three months after implementation of crowdsourced intervention

Eligibility Criteria

Male participants at least 16 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Currently living and planning to live in one of the eight cities used in the study in the next 12 months. - Not living with HIV - No HIV test in the past three months - Born biologically male and identify as either male or transgender female - Had anal or oral sex with men at least once during their lifetime - 16 years or older - Willing to provide cell phone number - Complete the informed consent document Exclusion Criteria: - Women are excluded from this study

Additional Information

Official title IGHID 11604 - Crowdsourcing to Promote HIV Testing: A Stepped Wedge Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate Promoting HIV Testing in China
Principal investigator Joseph D Tucker, MD, PhD
Description This study will use an adaptation of the stepped wedge randomized controlled trial design. A total of eight major metropolitan cities will implement the crowdsourced intervention. These cities will be chosen based on the following criteria: 1) previous CDC MSM sentinel surveillance site; 2) capacity for campaign implementation; 3) capacity for intervention implementation at community level. Four cities will implement more intensive in-person events to promote engagement (Guangzhou, Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, Qingdao, and Jinan in Shandong Province) during survey intervention stage. The RCT will be evaluated using two different sources of data: 1) online survey data from MSM in the eight cities prior to and after the intervention; 2) CDC routine surveillance data in the eight cities prior to and after the intervention.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.