The logo for the Txt2Protect project, which features a purple chat bubble that says "t2p" above the text "txt2protect"Txt2Protect (T2P) is a sexual health text messaging study for young gay, bisexual, and queer men. It is a reminder-recall intervention guided by the Information, Motivation, and Behavioral skills (IMB) model. The goal of T2P is to promote sexual health and healthy relationships through text messages that enhance participant knowledge, motivations, and behavioral skills. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two study arms and active in the study for 9 months.

T2P has two specific aims:

  1. Develop, refine, and pre-test messages using a five step formative research procedure to:
    1. Conduct online focus groups, an online survey, and in-depth interviews that inform message content
    2. Draft initial messages based on focus group findings and pilot data
    3. Refine message content and assess acceptability using content advisory teams
    4. Conduct internal alpha testing to ensure software functionality
    5. Beta test the study protocol
  2. Test the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of the T2P text messaging intervention in a pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT).

The study is currently in the content development and refinement phase. Recruitment for the pilot RCT is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2017.

Investigator: Dr. Mary Gerend
Co-investigator: Gregory Phillips II, PhD
Funder: National Institutes of Health


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