CAPS science will be well represented at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The theme for this year's conference is "Stepping Up The Pace" and promises to be a valuable opportunity to highlight some of our ongoing efforts to improve HIV health outcomes globally.
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In a new publication by therapist David Olem, CAPS Co-Director Mallory O. Johnson and Project Director Joey Taylor, the authors describe components of a 5-session intervention which showed to prevent nonadherence among persons living with HIV who experience high levels of distress associated with their antiretroviral medication side effects. The authors conclude that maximizing HIV treatment adherence is critical in efforts to optimize health outcomes and to prevent further HIV transmission.
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In a new publication by CAPS Assistant Professor Dr. Jae Sevelius, HIV-positive transgender women interviewed in focus groups cited substantial challenges to adhering to HIV care and treatment, including avoidance of healthcare due to stigma, as well as concerns about adverse interactions between antiretroviral treatment for HIV and hormone therapy. The publication makes recommendations to inform intervention research and guide providers, emphasizing gender affirming HIV care that integrates transition-related healthcare needs.
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California's new healthcare initiatives represent ambitious attempts to expand and improve health coverage for low-income individuals. However, findings in the new publication by researchers from the CAPS Policy Core, suggest that transition challenges need to be addressed by providers and policymakers in order to ensure network adequacy, financial solvency, improved communication and reduced ACA-related burden administrative burden.
Early PrEP roll out experiences in San Francisco looking at interest in PrEP, feasability of implementing in health care settings and framing of PrEP into a comprehensive HIV prevention program. TAPS Fellow Darpun Sachdev was a contributing author on this new paper.
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August 22, 2014
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