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Social Media HIV Prevention Intervention for High Risk Rural Women

September 26, 2019


This study is looking to develop and test HIV prevention information, which will then be delivered via social media, in order to increase access to this important information for high-risk, underserved rural women in Appalachia. The goal is to reduce high-risk substance use and related health disparities among these women.


Study Information

This is a randomized control trial and participants will be 60 high-risk rural female drug users. The trial began on June 1st 2019 and is estimated to conclude on March 31st, 2021.


Inclusion Criteria

  • NM-ASSIST indicators of high-risk drug use during the 6 months before jail (including injection);
  • Engagement in at least one sexual risk behavior in the past 3 months;
  • No evidence of cognitive impairment (GAIN, Dennis, 1998),
  • No evidence of active psychosis (currently experiencing hallucinations),
  • No self-reported current symptoms of physical withdrawal from a recent episode of drug use;
  • Self-reported HIV negative status;
  • Projected jail release date within 3 months;
  • Active Facebook user prior to entering jail (defined as having a Facebook account that was checked at least once a week); and
  • Reside in a rural, Appalachian county prior to incarceration.


Exclusion Criteria

  • Not incarcerated and screened eligible based on the above mentioned criteria



This study is taking place at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, United States. For more information, please contact Michele Staton, PhD on 859-257-2483 or at


Sponsors / Collaborators

This trial is sponsored by the University of Kentucky and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Principal Investigator is Michele Staton, PhD.

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