PoPIT - Positive Peers Intervention Trial


Positive Peers is conducting a study on the effectiveness of the app as a resource for 13- to 34-year-old people with HIV.

The study, PoPIT – Positive Peers Intervention Trial - is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a part of the National Institutes of Health.

The goal is to evaluate the Positive Peers private mobile app as a support tool provided by health clinics for improving health outcomes among racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minority youth and young adults with HIV.


Starting in March 2024, the study will enroll 13–34-year-olds with HIV from the following clinics:

  1. Equitas Health in the Columbus and Cincinnati, OH areas
  2. Northeast Valley Health Corporation in San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley and Los Angeles, CA
  3. IDP – Infectious Disease Practice (Rutgers) University Hospital in Newark, NJ
  4. Thomas Street Clinic, affiliated with Baylor University in Houston, TX
  5. University of Washington Medical Center and the University of Washington’s Madison Clinic in Seattle, WA


What to expect

Each site will enroll 50 individuals, all of whom will either be newly diagnosed with HIV or not optimally engaged in HIV care. All participants will be compensated for completing five brief online surveys throughout one year.


Get started — See if you may be eligible

If you get your HIV care at one of the clinics mentioned above, please click on the site to find out if you are eligible to participate in the study.



PoPIT Co-Principal Investigators:
Ann K Avery, MD
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Mary M Step, PhD
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PoPIT Project Manager
Jennifer McMillen Smith, MSSA, LISW-S
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PoPIT Study Coordinator
Louis Catania
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