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The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre

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HIV Testing, Linkage to Care

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Trial Information

The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre

This is a prospective cohort study which will recruit 350 MSM clients within 3 months, and
follow them for 12 months. MSM to be recruited will be first-time clients who come to the
clinics for services other than VCT. These services may include but would not be limited to
sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnosis and treatment, anal dysplasia screening,
nutritional counseling and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP).

Approximately 250 MSM clients with unknown or previously negative HIV status will be offered
HIV testing every 3 months (HIV-negative MSM cohort). MSM from the HIV-negative cohort who
tested HIV-positive during the study (estimated 20%, 50 MSM) will be referred to the
HIV-positive MSM cohort and will be followed up every 6 months. Additional clients who visit
the clinic during the 3-month recruitment period with previously known HIV-positive status
but have not been linked to HIV care (up to 100) will also be enrolled into HIV-positive MSM
cohort. Therefore, there will be up to 150 HIV-positive subjects enrolled in this study.
Each enrolled participant will have 12 months in the study.

This study will allow us to assess VCT and linkage into care, as well as HIV risk behavior
and need for nPEP, and the incidence or prevalence of important morbidities in MSM such as
STIs, anal dysplasia/cancer, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Male with history of anal sex with men

2. Age 18 years old or older

3. Thai or Indonesian citizen as identified by the Thai or Indonesian National
Identification card

4. Willing to provide location or contact information and allow contact

5. Live in or near Bangkok, Jakarta, or Bali and is available for follow-up for the
planned study duration

6. Understand the study and sign informed consent form.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Persons who have a history of a medical or psychiatric disorder by investigator's
interview and physical examination according to standard practices, that in the judgment
of the investigator(s), would interfere with ability to give informed consent.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective


Thailand: Ethical Committee

Study ID:




Start Date:

May 2011

Completion Date:

June 2012

Related Keywords:

  • HIV Testing
  • Linkage to Care
  • To assess VCT and linkage into care
  • nPEP
  • STIs
  • anal dysplasia/cancer
  • hyperlipidemia
  • diabetes
  • Proportion of first-time MSM clients attending multidisciplinary services who undergo HIV testing
  • Proportion of MSM clients who have repeated HIV testing during the first six months after the first negative HIV test
  • Proportion of HIV-positive MSM who receive HIV care within three months after HIV diagnosis or enrolment
  • Proportion of HIV-positive MSM who still remain in HIV care at six months after enrollment