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A mobile phone short message service intervention to increase retention in HIV care among HIV‐positive men who have sex with men in Peru (WelTel Peru)

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Funding Fogarty Program

Emerging Global Leader

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

A mobile phone short message service intervention to increase retention in HIV care among HIV‐positive men who have sex with men in Peru (WelTel Peru)

Principal Institution

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Menacho Alvirio, Luis Alberto

Project Contact Information

Email: luis.menacho@upch.pe

Year(s) Awarded

2020-2025

Country

Peru

Collaborators

University of Washington

Project Description

HIV disproportionally affects men who have sex with men, who report low retention in HIV care, which is associated with decreased survival, viral resistance, and HIV transmission. The World Health Organization strongly recommends mobile technologies to improve adherence; however, evidence on the role of mobile health for retention in HIV care is scarce. This project aims to adapt the WelTel system, which has been proven to increase adherence to HIV treatment, in order to deliver a text messaging-based intervention and assess the efficacy to increase retention in HIV care among HIV positive gay men in Peru.

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