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CTNPT 002: SPOT Impact of counselling on sexual risk behaviours

SPOT, a rapid HIV testing intervention for MSM: measuring the impact of counselling on sexual risk behaviours

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About the study

This is a prevention-based study that provides rapid HIV testing interventions and measures the impact of counselling on sexual risk behaviours in men who have sex with men (MSM).

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Study Approach

The study compares the impacts of three types of interventional counselling on reducing sexual risk behaviours: Routine counselling — most common practice provided by health professionals; classic counselling — based on Quebec guidelines for HIV counselling and testing using the rapid test; and motivational counselling — based on theoretical frameworks and techniques for motivational interviewing.

Researchers believe that motivational counselling will prove most effective as an intervention. Results of SPOT could encourage knowledge transfer and training on motivational counselling to health professionals who practice HIV testing.

To measure the effects of counselling on sexual risk behaviours, participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire before and after the sessions, and during the study’s follow-up period.

Additional Information

Principal Investigators

Drs. Joanne Otis (L’Université du Québec à Montréal)


Otis J, McFadyen A, Haig T, Blais M, Cox J, Brenner B, Rousseau R, Émond G, Roger M, Wainberg M, Spot Study Group. Beyond Condoms: risk reduction strategies among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men receiving rapid HIV testing in Montreal, Canada. AIDS Behav. March 2016 [epub].

Mark Wainberg (McGill AIDS Center)

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