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NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043): results from in-depth interviews with a longitudinal cohort of community members

NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043): results from in-depth interviews with a longitudinal cohort of community members
NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043): results from in-depth interviews with a longitudinal cohort of community members
Introduction

NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043) is a community- randomized trial to test the safety and efficacy of a community-level intervention designed to increase testing and lower HIV incidence in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Thailand. The evaluation design included a longitudinal study with community members to assess attitudinal and behavioral changes in study outcomes including HIV testing norms, HIV-related discussions, and HIV-related stigma.

Methods

A cohort of 657 individuals across all sites was selected to participate in a qualitative study that involved 4 interviews during the study period. Baseline and 30-month data were summarized according to each outcome, and a qualitative assessment of changes was made at the community level over time.

Results

Members from intervention communities described fewer barriers and greater motivation for testing than those from comparison communities. HIV-related discussions in intervention communities were more grounded in personal testing experiences. A change in HIV-related stigma over time was most pronounced in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Participants in the intervention communities from these two sites attributed community-level changes in attitudes to project specific activities.

Discussion

The Project Accept intervention was associated with more favorable social norms regarding HIV testing, more personal content in HIV discussions in all study sites, and qualitative changes in HIV-related stigma in two of five sites.
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Maman, S., van Rooyan, H., Stankard, P., Murima, O., Muravha, T., Ntogwisangu, J., Phakathi, Z., Srirak, N., Morin, S.F. and McGrath, N. (2014) NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043): results from in-depth interviews with a longitudinal cohort of community members. PLoS ONE, 9 (1), e87091. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0087091). (PMID:24489841)

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Abstract

Introduction

NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043) is a community- randomized trial to test the safety and efficacy of a community-level intervention designed to increase testing and lower HIV incidence in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Thailand. The evaluation design included a longitudinal study with community members to assess attitudinal and behavioral changes in study outcomes including HIV testing norms, HIV-related discussions, and HIV-related stigma.

Methods

A cohort of 657 individuals across all sites was selected to participate in a qualitative study that involved 4 interviews during the study period. Baseline and 30-month data were summarized according to each outcome, and a qualitative assessment of changes was made at the community level over time.

Results

Members from intervention communities described fewer barriers and greater motivation for testing than those from comparison communities. HIV-related discussions in intervention communities were more grounded in personal testing experiences. A change in HIV-related stigma over time was most pronounced in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Participants in the intervention communities from these two sites attributed community-level changes in attitudes to project specific activities.

Discussion

The Project Accept intervention was associated with more favorable social norms regarding HIV testing, more personal content in HIV discussions in all study sites, and qualitative changes in HIV-related stigma in two of five sites.

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Published date: 2014
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 362885
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/362885
ISSN: 1932-6203
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ORCID for N. McGrath: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1039-0159

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Date deposited: 10 Mar 2014 16:23
Last modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:36

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