1. (Modifying ARTAS) - modify the ARTAS intervention protocol for using it with patients recently diagnosed with HIV in Ukraine based on the results of a formative study conducted in specialized healthcare facilities of the Dnipropetrovsk oblast.
2. (Piloting MARTAS) – explore feasibility, acceptability and quality of intervention through a pilot study conducted in three specialized healthcare facilities in the city of Mykolaiv for a group of up to 30 patients recently diagnosed with HIV.
3. (Evaluating MARTAS) – using the design of a randomized controlled study, evaluate the effectiveness of intervention at nine sites (specialized healthcare facilities) in three oblasts of Ukraine (Odesa, Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk) by comparing the observed rates of engagement and retention in care of HIV positive participants from the intervention and control groups.
4. (Studying the perception of MARTAS) – study the perception of MARTAS by the recipients to determine the feasibility of its implementation and its future dissemination in the healthcare facilities of Ukraine.