Effects of HAART expansion on community levels of HIV viral load and HIV risk behaviours among MSM in British Columbia

These related longitudinal projects are both run through the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Both focus on understanding the effects of the diffusion of anti-retroviral drugs or HAART (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Greater Vancouver. The project’s main hypothesis is that substance use, associated with treatment optimism, will result in increased high-risk sexual behaviour for this population.

The project, now named Momentum, has recruited over 700 MSM participants using respondent-driven sampling guided by formative research on local social and sexual networks.

Funding body: Canadian Institute of Health Research

Progress to date: This work has now been published in the journal Culture Health and Sexuality (DOI:10.1080/13691058.2014.881551). Papers and posters based on the present sample were also presented at the Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research, May 2014, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Related project

HAART optimism, drug use and risky sexual behaviour among MSM in British Columbia