Community-based Venues for Delivery of Healthcare Services: Proof of Concept Pilot

  • End date
    Dec 25, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Massachusetts General Hospital
Updated on 25 March 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers


The investigators propose to offer a package of evidence-based health services to women in three hair salons in the Umlazi township of Durban. Based on community feedback in previous survey and qualitative work, the package has been designed to include daily PrEP, family planning/contraceptives, and STI screening. Interested salon clients at intervention salons will elect which services to use. An additional three salons will serve as controls, offering no health services to clients. Surveys will be conducted in both salon groups. Attendance at follow-up visits for monitoring and medication refill will be encouraged using text message reminders, WhatsApp support groups, and lottery-based incentives for free salon services. Recruitment in intervention salons will conclude when 200 clients uptake PrEP. Two hundred participants will be recruited in control salons.

Condition Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, STI, Contraceptive Usage
Treatment Provision of sexual health preventative services in the salon setting
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04222504
SponsorMassachusetts General Hospital
Last Modified on25 March 2022


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years or older
English or Zulu speaking
Able and willing to consent

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Symptoms of acute HIV viral syndrome
Known pregnancy at baseline
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