Attitudes to and Understanding of Risk of Acquisition of HIV Over Time: Design and Methods for an Internet-based Prospective Cohort Study Among UK Men Who Have Sex With Men (the AURAH2 Study).

TitleAttitudes to and Understanding of Risk of Acquisition of HIV Over Time: Design and Methods for an Internet-based Prospective Cohort Study Among UK Men Who Have Sex With Men (the AURAH2 Study).
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSewell J, Speakman A, Phillips AN, Cambiano V, Lampe FC, Gilson R, Asboe D, Nwokolo N, Clarke A, Ogilvy A, Collins S, Rodger AJ
JournalJMIR Res Protoc
Volume5
Issue2
Paginatione128
Date Published2016 Jun 15
ISSN1929-0748
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The annual number of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) has risen in the United Kingdom and, of those who are HIV positive, the proportion undiagnosed is high.

OBJECTIVE: The prospective AURAH2 study aims to assess factors associated with HIV acquisition among MSM in the United Kingdom and to investigate changes over time within individuals in sexual behavior and HIV-testing practices.

METHODS: AURAH2 is a prospective study among MSM without diagnosed HIV, aiming to recruit up to 1000 sexually active MSM attending sexual health clinics in London and Brighton in the United Kingdom. Participants complete an initial paper-based questionnaire, followed by online follow-up questionnaires every 4 months collecting sociodemographic, health and behavioral data, including sexual behavior, recreational and other drug use, HIV testing practices, and pre-exposure prophylaxis use, over a planned 3-year period.

RESULTS: The study is ongoing.

CONCLUSIONS: The results from AURAH2 study will provide important insight into established and emerging risk behaviors that may be associated with acquisition of HIV in MSM in the United Kingdom, changes over time within individuals in sexual behavior, and information on HIV testing practices. These data will be crucial to inform future HIV prevention strategies.

DOI10.2196/resprot.5582
Alternate JournalJMIR Res Protoc
PubMed ID27307218
PubMed Central IDPMC4927873
Grant ListRP-PG-0608-10142 / / Department of Health / United Kingdom
RP-PG-1212-20006 / / Department of Health / United Kingdom