Author - Humsafar Trust

2014: Fostering Resilience: Study on understanding the impact of structured counselling towards safer sex behaviour with Massachusetts General Hospital, Fenway Community Health and NIRT – Chennai

There are large numbers of men who have sex with men (MSM) in India who face various psychosocialchallenges as well as risk for getting or transmitting HIV. While condom distribution and education aboutHIV can help with HIV prevention, MSM in India may benefit from an intervention that involves counselling to help with different psychosocial challenges or mental health concerns. This study is the next step of ongoing community-based research collaboration between investigatorsfrom the United States (funded through the National Institute [...]

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2014: Adherence Study: A pilot study to assess adherence of ART among MSM and Tg populations in Mumbai with Einstein University – New York

As of 2013, an estimated 1.7 million people require ART in India (according to 2013 WHO guidelines) but in 2012 only 570,620 adults were reported to be on ART. Additionally, among those on treatment, adherence to ART is of paramount importance. Achieving a 90% to 95% ART adherence rate by HIV infected patients significantly reduces the likelihood of virologic failure and drug resistance, which provides, by far, the best chance for long-term clinical success and health improvement and in [...]

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2014: CHALO:A pilot study to assess efficacy of safer sex messages on internet outreach programme with Einstein University – New York

CHALO was a pilot research study to develop and test the feasibility and acceptability of a social media (SM) based HIV prevention intervention to increase consistent condom use and linkage to care for HIV testing and other services at The Humsafar Trust Funding Agency: Einstein School of Medicine, New York Study Partners: Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York Objectives:  The objective of this research was to build on Humsafar’s current SM-based peer outreach efforts to develop and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability [...]

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2014: Bisexuality Study:Assessing risk behaviour of self-identified bisexual men with Indiana University

This project involves an interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers at Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio; Indiana University, Indiana and the Humsafar Trust, Mumbai. The study aimed to document the concept of identity, sexual practices with different partners and associated risk behaviors of self- identified bisexual men in Mumbai, India. This study also sought to understand the health-related issues and challenges experienced by self-identified bisexual men. The findings of this study would inform future research and strengthen the existing intervention efforts among [...]

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2013: SAHAAY : HIV Prevention for MSM Using Mobile Technology in collaboration with FHI360 and Mitr ( Delhi ) Humsaaya ( Thane ) and Mitwa ( Chhatisgarh )

The Sahaay Project is a PATH supported FHI 360 operation research project that aims to reduce HIV risk by increasing access to prevention services through a mobile based counselling intervention among hard toreach MSMs. The project is being implemented by The Humsafar Trust with partner CBOs in Delhi (Mitr Trust), Raipur – Chattisgarh (Mitwa Sankalp Samiti) and Mumbai (Humsaaya Society). The counselling-based intervention was delivered through a 24 x 7 helpline based at our three partner CBOS. The helpline was [...]

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2012: Project Voices – Team Grant : CHVI Team in Social and Behavioural Research on HIV Vaccines

CHVI Team in Social and Behavioral Research on HIV Vaccines University of Toronto, Canada, in partnership with the Humsafar Trust, Mumbai, was implementing a five-year (2012 – 2017) multi-country research project titled ‘CHVI Team in Social and Behavioral Research on HIV Vaccines’. The CHVI Team in Social and Behavioral Research on HIV vaccines launches an expert interdisciplinary social science team in Canada, India and South Africa that will apply rigorous and innovative social research to accelerate the development and [...]

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2012: Male Sex workers : Protected or at risk: what are the factors influencing sexual behaviour and sexual health outcomes of men selling sex in Mumbai

Protected or at risk: What are the factors influencing sexual behaviour and sexual health outcomes of men selling sex in Mumbai The study proposes to research men who sell sex to other men (MSW) in Mumbai in exchange of cash and/or kind. This study aimed to understand the social and sexual networks of male sex workers in Mumbai, India. We used an exploratory quantitative design to assess the knowledge, attitude and sexual risk behaviour and associated HIV and STI prevalence [...]

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