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Biobehavioral research among men who have sex with men

Customer: State Institution “Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine”

Project manager: O.Trofymenko

Implementation period: June 2021 – December 2021.

The overall goal of the biobehavioral survey among MSM in Ukraine is to assess the severity of HIV-related illnesses, service coverage, the size of this group, and to assess progress towards achieving UNAIDS targets 95-95-95.

Objectives:

  • Estimate HIV prevalence among MSM
  • Estimate the proportion of viral load suppression among HIV-infected MSM.
  • Estimate the size of the MSM population.

 

Secondary goals:

  • Assess the prevalence of STIs and HCV antibodies
  • Identify risk factors associated with HIV infection.
  • Study the consumption of HIV-related services (prevention, treatment), knowledge of serological status.

 

The survey will be conducted in 16 cities of Ukraine.

City

Sample

1

Cherkasy

400

2

Odesa

600

3

Mariupil

400

4

Kyiv

600

5

Kharkiv

450

6

Dnipro

400

7

Lviv

500

8

Zaporizhzhia

450

9

Vinnytsia

350

10

Zhytomyr

450

11

Ivano-Frankivsk

350

12

Kropyvnytsky

400

13

Mykolaiv

400

14

Kherson

400

15

Poltava

350

16

Chernihiv

400

 

Total

6900

 

The study uses a cross-sectional design. For recruiting MSM in 16 cities, a sample is used, which is directed and implemented by the respondents themselves. Behavioral data is collected through face-to-face structured interviews. Biological data are collected using rapid HIV, HCV and syphilis tests and DBS. HIV-positive rapid test results are verified using the second and third rapid HIV tests, in accordance with the National HIV Testing Algorithm.