What is a Standard of Care (SOC) Community? 

Of the 16 study communities participating in HPTN 096, eight of them were randomized to participate as standard-of-care (SOC) communities. Within the SOC study communities, all local activities designed to support viral suppression and PrEP uptake in Black MSM will continue, including all enhanced activities implemented under the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. SOC study communities will not be asked to stop or decrease any HIV-related activities that serve Black MSM; however, the HPTN 096 study intervention will not take place in the SOC communities. These study communities will serve as the “comparison” communities and the outcomes of the study will be determined by comparing viral suppression rates and PrEP uptake in Black MSM between the intervention and SOC communities. Cross-sectional assessments (baseline and post-intervention) will take place in all SOC communities, as well as HPTN 096-specific community engagement to support these assessments. The SOC study communities play a critical role, because without them, there would be no way to tell if the intervention is having an impact or not.  

What is the HPTN 096 Cross-Sectional Assessment?  

The HPTN 096 study intervention is designed to improve two primary outcomes: viral suppression and PrEP uptake in Black MSM. The cross-sectional assessment will be used to measure one of these outcomes, specifically PrEP uptake in Black MSM. There will be two assessments in all study communities (both intervention and SOC) – the first at baseline and the second after the 3-year intervention ends. The cross-sectional assessment will be conducted in 100 Black MSM in each study community at baseline (total of 1600 Black MSM), and in 200 Black MSM in each study community at the end of the intervention (total of 3200 Black MSM). During the cross-sectional assessment, each participant will be asked to provide a blood sample and complete two questionnaires. Participants will be recruited at locations where Black MSM gather – like Pride events, bars, bookstores, etc. – as well as via referral by people who have already participated in the assessment. The baseline cross-sectional assessment will take place in the four pilot study communities (Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Montgomery, AL and Greenville, SC) between April 1 and September 30, 2022.  

What are the Standard of Care (SOC) Study Communities? 

There are 8 standard of care communities in HPTN 096. They are listed below. 

The pilot standard of care communities are Houston, TX and Greenville, SC.


DC/Maryland

DC/Maryland Suburbs (Washington D.C., Montgomery County, and Prince George’ County)

Field Team: TBD 

Laboratory Partner: TBD 

Louisiana

Baton Rouge/New Orleans (East Baton Rouge, Orleans, and Jefferson Parishes)

Field Team: TBD

Laboratory Partner: TBD

Mississippi

Jackson (Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties)

Field Team: TBD 

Laboratory Partner: TBD

North Carolina

Charlotte (Mecklenburg County)

Field Team: TBD 

Laboratory Partner: TBD

South Carolina

Charleston (Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties)

Field Team: TBD 

Laboratory Partner: TBD


Columbia (Lexington, Richland, and Sumter Counties)

Field Team: TBD 

Laboratory Partner: TBD


Greenville (Greenville and Spartanburg Counties) – PILOT

Field Team: AID Upstate 

Laboratory Partner: University of Alabama, Birmingham

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Texas

Houston (Harris County) – PILOT

Field Team: The Normal Anomaly 

Laboratory Partner: Crofoot Research Center

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