iCON +

The iCON Plus study is a randomized control trial that utilizes a mobile-friendly WebApp intervention focused on life-skills training for adolescent MSM (ages 13-18) in four U.S. regions that are geographically diverse (urban, sub-urban, rural), and heavily impacted by HIV.

iCON Plus allows youth to lower their vulnerability to HIV infection (if HIV negative), or to optimally manage their HIV diagnoses (if HIV positive) by:​

  • Providing life-skills educational modules tailored to their unique needs and characteristics.

  • Encouraging them to set life goals and achieve them by accessing locally available services.

  • Providing a searchable, tailored directory of LGBTQ+ welcoming resources--from HIV testing locations to mental health and housing resources--across all four study regions.

The study will also utilize peer-to-peer counseling via a HIPAA-compliant video-chat service (VSee) to aid adolescents in achieving these goals.

iCON Plus is funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a multi-site U01 award between The University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Emory University.

Lead Investigator

Rob Stephenson





This research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health under award number: 5U01MD011274-02


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