CAPS/UCSF PRC just released the 2016 "Research and Resources on HIV Counseling and Testing" booklet with a new design and look! Topic areas focus on men who have sex with men (MSM), youth, transgender people, international populations in Africa, and past CAPS research. Download and share now: http://ow.ly/3d5t301rHXP
In New Mexico, a bar/nightclub-based Social Branding intervention called "HAVOC Parties" significantly decreased cigarette smoking from 47.5% to 37.5% among young "partiers" who attended certain venues, went out to bars more frequently for longer hours, and consumed more alcohol and/or other substances than other patrons. (Tor Neilands, CAPS faculty)
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Community violence and urban hassles (daily problems) may lead lead urban black youth to engage in substance use and risky sexual activity, if they held a negative outlook on their life currently or in the long-term. This negative outlook may lead youth to believe that there are fewer consequences for engaging in these risky activities (Tor Neilands, CAPS faculty).
Transgender people report that the biggest barrier to accessing and utilizing healthcare is the lack of providers who are sufficiently knowledgeable on the topic. Others notable ones include financial barriers, discrimination, lack of cultural competence by their providers, health system barriers, and socioeconomic barriers. (CAPS faculty, Jae Sevelius)
The perception of sexual activity among peers had the strongest influence on Taiwanese adolescents' sexual attitudes and their intent to engage in sex. Parental disapproval of premarital sex led to unfavorable attitudes and lower intent to engage in sex, while media promoting premarital sex reversed the former trend. (Marguerita Lightfoot, CAPS faculty)
Because South Africans are not linked or retained in care at rates needed to curb the HIV epidemic, researchers are currently evaluating and comparing the efficacy of text-messaging (SMS) and peer-navigation interventions in improving engagement in HIV care. (S. Lippman, S. Shade, H. Gilmore, E. Agnew, P. Saberi, W. Steward, CAPS researchers)
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