This is a randomized controlled trial of a new behavioral intervention designed to improve engagement in HIV care for same-sex male couples. Investigators will compare the HIV viral load outcomes of couples randomized to a couples-based adherence intervention (DuoPACT) or to an individual adherence intervention (LifeSteps).
A Couples-based Approach to Improving Engagement in HIV Care
The investigators will test the intervention to improve HIV care engagement by enrolling 150 same-sex male couples and randomizing 75 couples each to one of two conditions: 1) DuoPACT, a newly-developed couples intervention; or 2) LifeSteps, a standardized antiretroviral adherence intervention for HIV+ individuals. After randomization, intervention sessions will be delivered weekly (6 DuoPACT sessions, or 3 Life Steps sessions). All couples will be assessed pre/post intervention to evaluate intervention effects via behavioral indicators of engagement in HIV care, the couple's relationship dynamics, and the primary outcome of HIV viral load.
You can join if…
Open to males ages 18 years and up
18+ years old;
Assigned male sex at birth and currently identifies as male;
In a primary romantic relationship with another man for at least 3 months;
At least one partner is HIV+;
Able to provide informed consent; and
For HIV+ men: Evidence of suboptimal engagement in HIV care.
You CAN'T join if...
Must be able to consent to and follow study protocol.
Evidence of severe cognitive impairment or active psychosis.
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