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Youth Friendship Bench SA Optimization of the Friendship Bench mental health intervention for adolescent girls and young women in South African PrEP delivery settings -Youth Friendship Bench SA.

Rationale

The study aims to evaluate two primary outcomes among young South African women after a 3-month period:

  1. Comparing the proportion of young South African women who exhibit good adherence to PrEP (determined by tenofovir levels detected in a point-of-care urine assay) between those receiving the Youth Friendship Bench SA in addition to standard-of-care mental health services and those receiving standard-of-care mental health services alone.
  2. Comparing the proportion of young South African women with decreased symptoms of common mental disorders (assessed via SRQ-20 scores) between those receiving the Youth Friendship Bench SA along with standard-of-care mental health services and those receiving standard-of-care services alone.

The primary outcome for PrEP adherence is defined as the proportion of individuals with PrEP adherence at Month 3, characterized by tenofovir concentrations of 1500 ng/mL or higher in urine as measured using a point-of-care assay. Additionally, we will assess the short-term impact of the Youth Friendship Bench SA intervention on PrEP adherence at the Week 4 visit using the urine point-of-care assay.

For mental health-related outcomes, the primary outcome is the proportion of individuals with reduced symptoms of common mental disorders as indicated by SRQ-20 scores.

Latest Update

April 2024

For more details about CHOMA please email rhicomms@wrhi.ac.za

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