CAPS Assistant Professor Dr. Sheri Lippman and Professors Dr. Tor Neilands and Dr. Marguerita Lightfoot's newest findings reveal that increased stigma and shame was significantly associated with a decreased testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among African American male youth. The authors recommend that the medical establishment, one of the institutional factors reinforcing the culture of stigma, must provide integrated services and wider options to aid disclosure and partner notification practices.
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In a new publication by CAPS Professor Edwin Charlebois and the SEARCH collaboration team, high virologic suppression, retention, and safety among asymptomatic individuals with high T-cell counts were achieved as result of successful antiretroviral therapy delivery and retention methods. Of the 197 patients, 189 showed undetectable viral loads at 24 and 48 weeks.
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Recently CAPS leadership met with Douglas M. Brooks MSW, the President’s recently appointed lead advisor on domestic HIV/AIDS strategy. The one-day meeting was held to discuss Mr. Brooks' plans for guiding the Administration’s HIV/AIDS policies across Federal agencies as well as highlight some of CAPS' policy research efforts related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the HIV Care Continuum.
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.
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.
September 26, 2014
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