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Evaluating Locally-Developed HIV Prevention Interventions for African-American MSM in Los Angeles—New—National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Background and Brief Description
Data on HIV cases reported in 33 U.S. states with HIV reporting indicate the burden of HIV/AIDS is most concentrated in the African American population compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Of the 49,704 African American males diagnosed with HIV between 2001 and 2004, 54% of these cases were among men who have sex with men (MSM). In Los Angeles County (LAC), the proportion of HIV/AIDS cases among African American males attributable to male-to-male sexual transmission is even greater (75%). In the absence of an effective vaccine, behavioral interventions represent one of the few methods for reducing high HIV incidence among African American MSM (AAMSM). Unfortunately, in the third decade of the Start Printed Page 63926epidemic, very few of the available HIV-prevention interventions for African American populations have been designed specifically for MSM. In fact, until very recently none of CDC's evidence-based, HIV-prevention interventions had been specifically tested for efficacy in reducing HIV transmission among MSM of color. Given the conspicuous absence of (1) evidence-based HIV interventions and (2) outcome evaluations of existing AAMSM interventions, our collaborative team intends to address a glaring research gap by implementing a best-practices model of comprehensive program evaluation.
The purpose of this project is to test in a real world setting the efficacy of an HIV transmission prevention intervention for reducing sexual risk among African American men who have sex with men in Los Angeles County. The intervention is a 3-session, group-level intervention that will provide participants with the information, motivation, and skills necessary to reduce their risk of transmitting or acquiring HIV. The intervention will be evaluated using baseline, 3 month and 6 month follow up questionnaires. This project will also conduct in-depth qualitative interviews with 36 men in order to assess the experiences with the intervention, elicit recommendations for improving the intervention, and to better understand the factors that put young African American MSM at risk for HIV.
CDC is requesting approval for a 3-year clearance for data collection. The data collection system involves screenings, limited locator information, contact information, baseline questionnaire, client satisfaction surveys, 3-month follow-up questionnaire, 6-month follow-up questionnaire, and case study interviews. An estimated 700 men will be screened for eligibility in order to enroll 528 men. The baseline and follow up questionnaires contain questions about participants' socio-demographic information, health and healthcare, sexual activity, substance use, and other psychosocial issues. The duration of each baseline, 3-month, and 6-month questionnaires are estimated to be 60 minutes; the Success Case Study interviews 90 minutes; Outreach Recruitment Assessment 5 minutes; limited locator information form 5 minutes; participant contact information form 10 minutes; each client satisfaction survey 5 minutes.
There are no costs to the respondents other than their time. The total estimated annual burden hours are 1662.
|Type of respondent||Form name||Number of respondents||Number responses per respondent||Average burden per respondent (in hours)|
|Prospective Participant||Outreach Recruitment Assessment (screener)||700||1||5/60|
|Prospective Participant||Limited Locator Information||700||1||5/60|
|Enrolled Participant||Participant Contact Information Form||528||1||10/60|
|Enrolled Participant||Baseline Questionnaire||528||1||1|
|Enrolled Participant||Client Satisfaction Survey||224||3||5/60|
|Enrolled Participant||3 month follow up Questionnaire||420||1||1|
|Enrolled Participant||6 month follow up Questionnaire||400||1||1|
|Enrolled Participant||Success Case Study Interview||36||1||1.5|
Dated: October 7, 2011.
Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2011-26603 Filed 10-13-11; 8:45 am]
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