Project Aware: HIV Rapid Testing and Counseling in STD Clinics in the U.S. — An Adaptation of CTN-0032

Lisa Metsch, PhD
Co-Lead Investigator
Columbia University

Grant Colfax, MD
Co-Lead Investigator

SF Department of Public Health

Project Aware was a randomized, controlled trial in which 5012 participants seeking medical or health services from nine STD clinics were enrolled in a study comparing 1) on-site HIV rapid testing with brief, participant-tailored prevention counseling vs. 2) on-site HIV rapid testing with information only. The purpose of this study was to explore whether the provision of counseling reduced risk behavior and sexually transmitted infections over time. In addition to HIV, participants were screened for sexually transmitted infections at the baseline visit and the 6-month follow-up visit.

Primary Outcomes

Risk-reduction counseling in conjunction with a rapid HIV test did not significantly affect STI acquisition among STD clinic patients, suggesting no added benefit from brief patient-centered risk-reduction counseling.

Citation: Metsch LR, et al. Effect of Risk-Reduction Counseling with Rapid HIV Testing on Risk of Acquiring Sexually Transmitted Infections: The AWARE Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA 2013;310(16):1701-1710. [get article]

    Node Involvement

    Lead Node(s):

  • Florida Node Alliance

  • All Participating Nodes:

  • Florida Node Alliance