OWETE Study | Projects

Category: Ongoing Research

OWETE Study
OWETE Study Study Title: Self-Test Strategies and Linkage Incentives to Improve ART and PrEP Uptake in Men.
Collaboration: Impact Research and Development Organization (IRDO) in collaboration with University of California, San Francisco and University of Pennsylvania.
Coverage: Lake Victoria beach communities (with Beach Management Unit -governed landing sites) within sub-locations in Rarieda, Bondo and/or Alego Sonja and beach landing sites and associated clinics
Funding: National Institute of Mental Health
Overall goal: To test a combination behavioral and biomedical intervention to improve the HIV prevention and care cascades in a population of mobile men in a high priority setting (fishermen in Kenya)
Study Aims: To determine whether providing training and HIVST to select fishermen to distribute to other men in their close social networks increases men’s HIV testing uptake; Determine whether network-central promoters and small incentives can improve ART and PrEP uptake among men in their close social networks; and test the impact of interventions on ART or PrEP retention and adherence. (virologic suppression for HIV-infected men and adherence to PrEP in uninfected men)
Study design: Randomized controlled trial
Target Population: men aged 18 and older with primary occupation in fishing, who reside in beach communities in Siaya County, Kenya
Study period: 5years
Current Activities: Enrolling participants for pilot study