- Study HIC#:2000026228
- Last Updated:12/17/2021
This non-randomized, open-label study will address the following research aims in People who inject drugs (PWID):
- To assess the feasibility and acceptability of the Expanding PrEP Implementation in Communities of PWID (EPIC-P) intervention among high-risk PWID.
- To determine the preliminary efficacy of the EPIC-P intervention in terms of increasing adherence to PrEP and primary HIV prevention among high-risk PWID.
- Age18 years and older
- Start Date01/06/2020
- End Date03/31/2023
Trial Purpose and Description
A non-randomized, open-label design will be utilized to test the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of the Expanding PrEP Implementation in Communities of PWID (EPIC-P) intervention among high-risk people who inject drugs (PWID) with opioid dependence (N=100). Since the aim of this pilot study is to establish whether the EPIC-P intervention is feasible/acceptable among at-risk PWID in a community-based setting, proposed is a non-comparative design. With the hopes to target PWID who are not linked with existing harm reduction services, proposed is to recruit participants using respondent driven sampling (RDS), a chain referral method with demonstrated success in recruiting hard-to-reach populations. Initial RDS participants, called "seeds," will be carefully recruited from the community where the study team leadership have built a well-established relationship. Participants enrolled in the study will be assessed at baseline and will be followed for 9 months (with follow-up assessments at 3- and 6-months) by trained research assistants. Importantly, structured interviews will be conducted at follow-up visits to examine the barriers and facilitators and feedback about optimal implementation of the EPIC-P intervention.
- Residing in the Greater New Haven area;
- Confirmed HIV-negative;
- Reporting injection drug use (past 3 months) with substantial ongoing risk for HIV acquisition;
- Started on PrEP (within the last week).
- Not on PrEP;
- Not available during the full duration of the study;
- Cannot speak English;
- Unable to provide consent;
- Anyone actively suicidal, homicidal, or psychotic as assessed by trained research staff under the supervision of a consultant that is a licensed clinical psychologist.