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. 2020 Apr 7;10(4):e033855.
doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033855.

Effect of a Web Drama Video Series on HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Among Gay, Bisexual and Queer Men: Study Protocol for a Community-Based, Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial in Singapore: The People Like Us (PLU) Evaluation Study

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Effect of a Web Drama Video Series on HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Among Gay, Bisexual and Queer Men: Study Protocol for a Community-Based, Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial in Singapore: The People Like Us (PLU) Evaluation Study

Rayner Kay Jin Tan et al. BMJ Open. .
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Abstract

Introduction: Gay, bisexual and queer (GBQ) men are at disproportionately higher risk of acquiring HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI). While HIV/STI testing rates among GBQ men are increasing worldwide, they remain suboptimal in a variety of settings.

Methods and analysis: The study is a pragmatic randomised controlled trial designed to evaluate an online video series developed by a community-based organisation in Singapore for GBQ men. A total of 300 HIV-negative GBQ men in Singapore aged 18-29 years old will be recruited for this study. Participants will subsequently be randomised into the intervention arm (n=150) and the control arm (n=150). The intervention arm (n=150) will be assigned the intervention along with sexual health information via a pamphlet, while the control group (n=150) will be assigned only the sexual health information via a pamphlet. Participants should also not have watched the video prior to their participation in this study, which will be ascertained through a questionnaire. Primary outcomes for this evaluation are changes in self-reported intention to test for, actual testing for and regularity of testing for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea at the 3 and 6 months after intervention. Secondary outcomes include changes in self-reported risk perception for HIV and other STIs, knowledge of HIV, knowledge of risks associated with acquiring STIs, knowledge of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, consistent condom use for anal sex with casual partners, incidence of STIs, connectedness to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, self-concealment of sexual orientation, perceived homophobia, internalised homophobia, HIV testing self-efficacy and HIV testing social norms.

Ethics and dissemination: The study has been approved by the National University of Singapore Institutional Review Board (S-19-059) and registered at ClinicalTrials.gov. The results will be published in peer-reviewed academic journals and disseminated to community-based organisations and policymakers.

Trial registration number: NCT04021953.

Keywords: HIV & AIDS; epidemiology; infectious diseases; public health; social medicine.

Conflict of interest statement

Competing interests: None declared.

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Flowchart for study procedures and randomisation.

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