These communities will implement the HPTN 096 study intervention with an integrated strategy, including peer support, health equity, culturally responsive intersectional stigma prevention, and social media.

The study strategy will be implemented in five (5) communities in the southern U.S., including Dallas, TX; Montgomery, AL; Fort Lauderdale/Miami, FL; Memphis, TN; and Atlanta, GA.

The study was piloted in 2 communities (Dallas, TX, and Montgomery, AL) in 2022. In 2023, the study design is being refined to incorporate lessons learned from the pilot, and it is anticipated that full study roll-out to all five study communities will begin in 2024.

Study implementation will last approximately 2 years and is expected to be completed by 2027.