Project Nexus is a national online trial that seeks to understand how telemedicine could improve HIV testing and reduce risk among gay and bisexual male couples. Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the project will send at-home HIV test kits to male couples across the United States and then remotely counsel them in their own home using a HIPAA compliant video call service.
Nexus was born out of a pressing need to increase testing and communication about HIV risk among male couples. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) are the only group in the United States to be experiencing an increase of HIV infections. However, recent studies show that one- to two-thirds of new infections among GBMSM come from main partners. Additionally, recent research has found that gay men in relationships perceive themselves to be at less risk of HIV and test less frequently for HIV than single men, despite frequent non-use of condoms with their main partners. To address these disparities, Dr. Rob Stephenson and his team created Project Nexus.
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Nexus on Poz.com
Poz Magazine featured Project Nexus on their web site with an insightful piece explaining why we need at home HIV testing and video counselling.
This research is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under award number: R01HD078131
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