CAPS Presentations from IAS 2015

Check out these two engaging presentations from CAPS researchers at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) in Vancouver. Follow the links to Dr. Sheri Lippman's talk "HIV  Self-Testing in Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM)" and Dr. Tim Lane's presentation "High Utilization of Health Services and Low ART Uptake among Female Sex Workers (FSW) in Three South African Cities: Results from the South Africa Health Monitoring Study".

CAPS at AIDS Impact 2015

The recent 12th annual AIDS Impact Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands saw a diverse representation of CAPS science. Faculty's presentation topics included sexual stigma and HIV risk among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Beijing, China, HIV prevention intervention activities among pregnant women and their male partners in rural Kenya, HIV self-testing kit distribution in bathhouses, and the development of a smart phone app targeting stimulant using HIV+ MSM.

CAPS' involvement in this year's conference represents our continued commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, focusing globally  on specific communities and countries hardest hit by the epidemic.

Social Branding to Decrease Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Young Adult Smoking

The negative health effects of smoking are well known and completely preventable. LGBT individuals are more likely to smoke than the general population. CAPS scientists evaluated the Social Branding initiative CRUSH to discourage smoking among LGBT youth in Las Vegas, NV. The intervention included social events and targeted media. More than 60% of participants reported that they liked the intervention and would attend an event. A high level of exposure to the CRUSH campaign was significantly associated with a reduction in current smoking.

Read the article here.

Internet Use for Health Care Engagement Purposes and HIV Clinical Outcomes

In this study CAPS scientists examined 1,500 participants' cell phone and internet use to assess health care engagement and clinical outcomes among HIV positive people. Findings showed that most access the internet for health care purposes on an almost daily basis, demonstrating that users of online social media and the internet was associated with better self-reported virologic and adherence outcomes.

Read more here.

Alcohol Use among Young Men in Rural South Africa

Alcohol has long been acknowledged as a risk factor for trauma and disease. CAPS scientists explored how informal social controls and the density of alcohol outlets may act as a protective factor for men at risk for alcohol dependence or abuse in rural South Africa. The findings support the development of community level interventions that engage a man's social circle while noting that increased alcohol outlet density contributes to heavy and/or problematic drinking.

Read the article here.

Attitudes Towards PrEP and Condom Use Among Gay Couples

In a recently published article, CAPS scientists along with researchers at San Francisco State University found that almost half of HIV-negative couples in the San Francisco bay area and New York City felt PrEP was a good HIV prevention strategy for themselves and their partner. Over half reported that they would not change their current condom use if they or their partner were taking PrEP. However, approximately 30% of HIV-negative couples reported that they would stop using condoms or use them less with primary and outside partners if they were on PrEP or if their partner was on PrEP.

Read the article here.

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September 8, 2015

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