New CAPS project to focus on improving healthcare engagement among incarcerated transgender women

CAPS Assistant Professor Jae Sevelius PhD was recently funded to launch Trans START, the first culturally relevant, evidence based intervention to increase transgender women's engagement in health care upon reentry into the community. The intervention will focus on improving linkage to and engagement in four healthcare domains:  HIV, substance use, mental health, and transgender-related medical care.

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Save the date for the National Transgender Health Summit, April 17-18, 2015, Oakland, CA

The UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health invites you to attend the 2015 National Transgender Health Summit. This landmark program will present cutting edge research and evidence-based educational sessions across many disciplines and is the premiere national conference in transgender health. Abstract submissions are currently being accepted through December 12, 2014

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The link between stigma and STI testing among African American male youth

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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Successful antiretroviral therapy delivery and retention in care among asymptomatic individuals in rural Uganda

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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Barriers and Facilitators to Engagement and Retention in Care Among HIV+ Transgender Women

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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