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Corresponding Author: Patrick S. Sullivan, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road, 4th Floor GCR, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. pssulli@emory.edu

We thank AID Atlanta for providing space for the research activities, and Adam Carpenter for editorial support.


Research Funding:

National Institute of Mental Health (grant number R34-MH086331)

Emory Center for AIDS Research (grant number P30-AI050409)



  • HIV
  • testing services
  • male couples
  • men who have sex with men

Safety and Acceptability of Couples HIV Testing and Counseling for US Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Randomized Prevention Study

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Journal Title:

Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care


Volume 13, Number 2


, Pages 135-144

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We tested a couples HIV testing and counseling (CHTC) intervention with male couples in Atlanta by randomizing eligible couples to receive either CHTC or separate individual voluntary HIV counseling and testing (iVCT). To evaluate the acceptability and safety of CHTC, main outcomes were satisfaction with the intervention and the proportions of couples reporting intimate partner violence (IPV) and relationship dissolution after the service. The results indicated that the service was very acceptable to men (median 7-item index of satisfaction was 34 for CHTC and 35 for iVCT, P = .4). There was no difference in either incident IPV (22% versus 17% for CHTC and iVCT, respectively, P = .6) or relationship dissolution (42% versus 51% for CHTC and iVCT, respectively, P = .5). Based on the preliminary data, CHTC is safe for male couples, and it is equally acceptable to iVCT for men who have main partners.

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