Infeccion de Amor (Love Infection) for HIV Infections
Phase-Based Progress Estimates
El Futuro, Durham, NC
HIV Infections+2 More
Infeccion de Amor (Love Infection) - Behavioral
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18 - 65
What conditions do you have?
18 - 65
What conditions do you have?
Purpose: To test the feasibility, acceptability of the IA intervention (four telenovela episodes), assessment of the mechanisms of action (self-efficacy, narrative engagement, and emotional elicitation) and conduct a randomized controlled pilot study to examine the change in primary outcomes (condom use, HIV testing, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) awareness and use) and secondary outcomes (Substance abuse (SA), intimate partner violence (IPV), and depression comparing 33 intervention- and 33 control Latinas at baseline (T1, pre-intervention), T2 (immediately post-intervention, 1 month) and T3 (3 months after the end of the intervention, with no intervening contact with study staff).
Participants: 66 Latinas ages 18-44 years who report sexual activity with a man in the last 6 months, have internet access from any device, and reside in NC.
Procedures (methods): Participants will be asked to: (1) receive an orientation about the use of the Infección de Amor (IA) telenovela website and access the telenovela website once a week for 4 weeks to watch a telenovela episode and answer some questions about the episode (half hour each week, 2 in total), (2) attend to a one hour-meeting with the research team to complete a baseline survey, (3) complete a survey (on their own) one-month after the baseline survey, and (4) complete another survey (on their own) 4-months after the baseline survey. Participants will complete a structured survey in the first meeting (baseline survey) with a member of the research team and then they will complete the follow-up surveys (1-month and 4-months after baseline) on their own.
Participants can request help to complete these surveys with the help of the research team (online using Zoom or face to face if needed). The moment that participants will access the IA intervention will depend on the group to be assigned by the research team (intervention or control group).
Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.
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