Correlates of Self-Reported Viral Suppression Among HIV-Positive, Young, Black Men Who Have Sex With Men Participating in a Randomized Controlled Trial of An Internet-Based HIV Prevention Intervention.
Young, black men who have sex with men are disproportionately impacted by the US HIV epidemic, and HIV-positive, young, black men who have sex with men face stark disparities in HIV clinical outcomes.
We performed an observational analysis of the 199 HIV-positive black men aged 18 to 30 years followed up for 12 months in healthMpowerment, a randomized controlled trial of an Internet-based HIV prevention intervention, to identify time-varying correlates of self-reported viral suppression using relative risk (RR) regression.
Retention at the 12-month visit was 84%. One hundred five (65%) of 162 participants reported being undetectable at baseline. At 3, 6, and 12 months, 83 (72%) of 115, 84 (82%) of 103, and 101 (86%) of 117 reported an undetectable viral load, respectively. In a multivariable model, participants who reported homelessness (RR, 0.85; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.72-0.99), who had clinically significant depressive symptoms (RR, 0.88; 95% CI, 0.79-0.98), and who used methamphetamine or crack (RR, 0.61; 95% CI, 0.38-0.96) were less likely to report an undetectable viral load. Young men who engaged in condomless insertive anal intercourse were more likely to report viral suppression (RR, 1.14; 95% CI, 1.04-1.24).
HIV care for young, black men who have sex with men must be multidimensional to address medical needs in the context of mental health, substance use, and housing insecurity.
Menza, TW; Choi, S-K; LeGrand, S; Muessig, K; Hightow-Weidman, L
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