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PAIR Study Description

PAIR is a pilot study designed to examine the relationship between event-level alcohol use and unprotected sex among sexually active, alcohol-consuming, HIV+ Ugandan adults.

Background

Objectives of the study
Primary Aim: Carry out qualitative interviews with 20 HIV-positive, sexually active, alcohol-consuming men and women
Secondary Aim: pilot testing of prostate specific antigen (PSA) as a biomarker of self-reported recent unprotected sex among sexually active HIV-positive women.
Long term goal is to provide pilot data for a larger prospective cohort study designed to examine event-level alcohol use and unprotected sex and to ultimately develop targeted interventions.

Study Progress Report

The study was launched on 13th July 2012 in the ISS clinic however the study activities did not take off until the above approvals were received (refer to the dates above). On Monday 24th September study activities kicked off and we started recruiting participants.

Achievements

The study was successfully approved by the IRB and UNCST successfully
We have so far been able to enroll and recruit 2 female participants from the BREATH study successfully.

Challenges

The challenge we are facing is that the funds are delayed due to some reasons however we anticipate successful operation of the study activities. We have so far received the first part of the sub contract which was successfully spent on the study activities and we are awaiting the second part of which invoice was submitted to the funders.

Way forward

PAIR study is a pilot study which upon successful completion at the end of the year will provide pilot data for a larger prospective cohort study designed to examine event-level alcohol use and unprotected sex and to ultimately develop targeted interventions.

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