Stronger Together

Multiple Principal Investigators
Matthew Mimiaga, ScD, MPH
Robert Garofalo, M.D., MPH (Northwestern University/Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago)
Rob Stephenson, PhD, MSc (University of Michigan)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Grant Number: R01HD075655-01A1

CVCTPlus: A couples-based approach to linkage to care and ARV adherence

Studies suggest that the majority of incident HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) are attributable to sex with a main male sex partner; however, HIV prevention interventions that target male-male couples are lacking. As adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) is modifiable, and levels of peer support have been shown to increase ART adherence, this current study proposes to use couples voluntary counseling and testing (CVCT) combined with dyadic adherence counseling (“CVTCPlus”) to improve linkage to care, retention in care, ART adherence and viral suppression among 250 (total n = 500) HIV serodiscordant male-male couples across Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago. Each couple (125 per arm) will be followed for 48 months, with study visits every six months.