StepUp TestUp

The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility, acceptability and test the initial efficacy of electronic screening and brief intervention (eSBI) for alcohol use couples with "Seek, Test, Treat, Retain" HIV prevention model (STTR; intervention) in comparison to STTR only (attention control) among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and young transgender women (YTW) in community-based HIV testing environments in Chicago and to assess and describe intervention effects on substance use as well as engagement within the HIV and PrEP care continuum. We will do this with the following aims:

1. Assess the feasibility, acceptability and intial efficacy of electronic Screening & Brief Intervention + Seek, Test, Treat and Retain (eSBI + STTR) compared to STTR-only to reduce alcohol and other substance use among 450 YMSM and YTW in Chicago, ages 16-25.

2. To explore the initial efficacy of eSBI+STTR in comparison to STTR-only on secondary exploratory outcomes within the HIV and PrEP care continuum among YMSM and YTW.

3. Determine the degree to which sub-groups of youth are differentially impacted by eSBI+STTR based on socio-demographic characteristics and co-morbid mental health problems to inform future targeting and/or tailoring of the intervention.

For more information, please contact Autumn Smith.