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Method for Prevention Packages Program (MP3)

Sten. H. Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator, and program director Han-Zhu Qian, M.D., Ph.D., received a $2 million R01 grant funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Method for Prevention Packages Program (MP3) pilot study will evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and potential efficacy of multi-component test and link-to-care (TLC)-based HIV intervention packages among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China and will result in the design of a multi-site, randomized clinical trial to evaluate its impact on HIV seroincidence among Chinese MSM. If this project proves effective, it will not only be used in Beijing, but adopted in future public health programs in up to a dozen Chinese cities.

Partners include the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention in China (NCAIDS), China Centers for Disease Control, and the Chaoyang Chinese AIDS Volunteer Group (CCAVG), one of the largest non-governmental organizations of MSM in China. CCAVG provides HIV outreach, education and testing services to its extensive membership of 50,000 HIV-positive MSM. The University of Connecticut and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine are program partners.

The MP3 will utilize a series of short text messages and social networking to reach out to the MSM population, which is the largest population of HIV-positive individuals in China, to suggest and encourage participants to get tested and learn their statuses. Under this program, if participants test positive they are linked to clinics or programs for care and antiretroviral treatment and potentially reduce an individual’s infectiousness to others

The MP3 program began in 2011 and runs through 2016.