Increasing MSM in the Continuum of Care in Kazakhstan
“Increasing MSM in the Continuum of Care in Kazakhstan”
This study addresses the disproportionate representation of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) pandemic in Kazakhstan, a country that has seen some of the largest growth in new HIV infections since the turn of the century. Using a stepped wedge trial across 4 cities in Kazakhstan, the proposed study will test a strategic and innovative social network-based intervention for MSM who use drugs in Kazakhstan as a strategy to increase their numbers in the HIV continuum of care as well as services that address issues that co-occur with HIV, including drug abuse, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection, and other sexually transmitted infections.
Behavioral - Peer Unity
A 4-session, group-delivered intervention focusing on peer/social network-based recruitment and referral program to receive HIV prevention and treatment services in the community.
Increasing Involvement of MSM in the Continuum of Care in Kazakhstan