Black MSM living in the Southern U.S. are among the hardest hit by the HIV epidemic. In 2019, MSM accounted for 60% of the new HIV diagnoses among African Americans in the South - nearly 2x that of their other racial/ethnic counterparts. Homophobia and other related stigmas, discrimination, and inconsistent or challenging access to adequate healthcare, are all factors in the continued epidemic.
Despite the advances in effective biomedical interventions such as oral PrEP, the reach and impact of these interventions is lacking in the Black MSM community. HPTN 096 is designed to address structural, social, and behavioral issues that may make accessing health care difficult, while working to improve existing HIV care and prevention options in communities that have been adversely affected and negligently supported.
HPTN 096 Study Overview
HPTN 096 Study Design