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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)

Sewell, J; Speakman, A; Phillips, A; Lampe, F; Cambiano, V; Gilson, R; Rodger, A; ... Collins, S; + view all (2016) 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). JMIR Research Protocols , 5 (2) , Article e128. 10.2196/resprot.5582. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: The annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) has risen in the UK and, of those HIV positive, the proportion undiagnosed is high. The prospective AURAH2 study aims to assess factors associated with HIV acquisition among MSM in the UK, and to investigate changes over time within individuals in sexual behaviour and HIV-testing practices. / Methods/Design: 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. Participants complete an initial paper-based questionnaire, followed by four monthly online follow-up questionnaires collecting socio-demographic, health and behavioural data, including sexual behaviour, recreational and other drug use, HIV testing practices and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis use, over a planned three year period. / Discussion: The results from AURAH2 study will provide an important insight into established and emerging risk behaviours that may be associated with acquisition of HIV in MSM, in the UK, changes over time within individuals in sexual behaviour, and inform on HIV testing practices. This data will be crucial to inform future HIV prevention strategies.

Type: Article
Title: 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)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2196/resprot.5582
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/resprot.5582
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Janey Sewell, Andrew Speakman, Andrew N Phillips, Valentina Cambiano, Fiona C Lampe, Richard Gilson, David Asboe, Nneka Nwokolo, Amanda Clarke, Ali Ogilvy, Simon Collins, Alison J Rodger. Originally published in JMIR Research Protocols. (http://www.researchprotocols.org), 15.06.2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in JMIR Research Protocols, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on http://www.researchprotocols.org, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.
Keywords: HIV infection, HIV negative, HIV transmission, HIV testing, men who have sex with men, sexual risk behaviour, pre-exposure prophylaxis, recreational drug use, chemsex, HIV self-testing, health and wellbeing, study design.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1478072
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