NYBC Scientists Developing Novel Mobile App to Increase HIV Testing
Regular HIV testing for persons at risk is critical to HIV prevention and several approaches exist on how to get an HIV test (e.g., self-test kit, testing at a clinic or other provider, couples-based testing). This study led by Dr. Beryl Koblin, Head of the Lindsley F. Kimball (LFKRI) Laboratory of Infectious Disease Prevention, was designed to inform the development of a brief mobile phone intervention to increase HIV testing among young black men who have sex with men and young black transgender women.
Based on responses to an online survey, unique factors were found to be associated with intention to test using specific testing approaches. These data will be critical for the development of the intervention that will provide a tailored recommendation of an optimal HIV testing for young black MSM and trans women.