Standing Tall (Yima Nkqo)

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    Brigham and Women's Hospital
Updated on 27 January 2021


The investigators propose the Standing Tall study, a prospective randomised study of strategy to optimize community-based ART initiation in South Africa. Investigators will work closely with community members to integrate community-based ART. One hundred participants will be enrolled and followed for a total of up to 6 months. Those in the intervention arm will be provided with the ST intervention which includes a behavioral component and access to ART. The intervention will be linked to a clinic through a "Nurse Initiated Management of ART."


The premise for our study is based on three decades of HIV research that supports the need for multi-component, multisystem interventions to promote testing, and adherence to treatment and care for young people living with HIV. The proposed intervention, Standing Tall, is informed and guided by Social Action Theory - a conceptual framework reflecting a holistic understanding of health behavior and motivational factors that foster and maintain behavior change. Standing Tall, a pilot randomized controlled trial, is designed to address multi-factorial barriers using (1) a socio-behavioral group intervention; (2) social support; (3) provision of immediate ART and refills. The primary outcome is ART initiation at three months, and the secondary outcome is viral load suppression at six months. Other tertiary/exploratory outcomes include behavioral outcomes and process evaluation of the intervention itself, and the use of point-of-care diagnostics.

The administrative supplemental funding provides support for an additional objective of this study: to understand how best to use point-of-care (POC) testing in clinical practice in order to improve HIV care and treatment for South African young people. Understanding patient perspectives and perceived barriers is critical to developing feasible, acceptable, and effective protocols for implementing POC testing. The primary aim for achieving this objective is to assess patient perspectives regarding POC testing through in-depth, semi-structured interviews among study participants enrolled in Standing Tall's second aim.

Condition HIV, HIV positive, HIV infection, AIDS Vaccines, HIV (Pediatric), HIV Infections, human immunodeficiency virus, hiv disease, HIV Vaccine, hiv vaccines
Treatment Intervention Group Sessions
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04568460
SponsorBrigham and Women's Hospital
Last Modified on27 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Complete an assessment of understanding
Provide informed consent
Are between ages 18-24
Present to Tutu Tester vans and test HIV+
Are ART-nave
Are English or isiXhosa speakers
Reside in the Cape Town metro area

Exclusion Criteria

Are pregnant (must be referred to antenatal clinic if living with HIV)
Test positive for tuberculosis (must be referred to clinic for TB treatment prior to ART initiation)
Are unable to understand the process of informed consent
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