New R34 Awarded to DC CFAR Investigator, David Huebner, PhD

David Huebner
February 15, 2017

DC CFAR investigator, David Huebner, PhD, has recently been awarded an R34 from the National Institutes of Health entitled, "Developing an HIV Prevention Intervention for Young MSM Through Improved Parent-Child Communication".

This project seeks to develop an online intervention to increase and improve parent communication with Adolescent MSM (AMSM) about sexuality and HIV, with the ultimate goal of decreasing adolescent sexual risk and increasing HIV testing. The specific aims include: (1) Identify the ways to best educate, motivate, and guide parents in communicating about sexuality and HIV with their sons by conducting interviews and focus groups with AMSM and their parents, (2) Develop a web-based, multimedia, intervention that motivates and teaches parents how to communicate effectively with their sons about HIV-related topics, (3) Pilot test the acceptability of the intervention and functionality of the system, and (4) Conduct a pilot randomized, controlled trial of the intervention.