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PANTHEON: A comprehensive assessment of the cost-effectiveness of HIV testing strategies, including HIV self-testing, among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the UK

Duration: April 2015 - December 2018

Sigma Research has partnered in the PANTHEON programme grant alongside University College London (UCL) and Royal Free London Foundation NHS Trust. PANTHEON is a five year programme grant funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The study aims to reduce HIV incidence among gay men, bisexual men and other men that have sex with men (MSM) by determining the most cost-effective HIV prevention and testing policies and by working with policy makers to ensure their adoption.

Sigma is responsible for workstream 1 in the programme, which aims to develop an intervention for a randomised control trial delivering HIV self-testing (HIV-ST) to MSM. This will involve focus groups with gay men and other MSM in London, Manchester and Plymouth and key stakeholder interviews in the same cities. The focus groups will explore MSM attitudes to HIV self-testing generally, and help us to develop the intervention for the trial. We will also be undertaking a systematic mapping of published evidence related to HIV-ST. The results of these studies will then contribute to the manualisation of the intervention for use in the trial. In workstream 2 we will undertake a qualitative study exploring the experiences of participants and undertake process evaluation more broadly.

Key contact for SIgma: Peter Weatherburn

PANTHEON is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and managed by Royal Free London Foundation NHS Trust.