A Historic Day

The entire CAPS community wishes to knowledge the long-sought victory for the gay rights movement. Our organization has long been a leader in the fight for equality among many communities, including gay couples. CAPS' DUO Study  aims to understand how gay male couples interact around HIV treatment, including decision-making about treatment and adherence to treatment. Currently in analysis, data from DUO is forthcoming.

Learn more about the aims of DUO and stay tuned for study results!

National HIV Testing Day

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. The UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies has an ongoing commitment to promoting HIV testing as a means of fighting the epidemic and has complied this resource document detailing a range of CAPS research focusing on HIV Counseling and Testing.

Download the document here.

Attitudes Towards PrEP and Condom Use Among Gay Couples

Since the July 2012 FDA approval of emtricitabine/ tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Truvada) for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV, its feasibility and acceptability has been under study. CAPS scientists led an examination of PrEP acceptability and intention to use condoms among gay male couples in the San Francisco bay area and New York City.

Almost half of the HIV-negative couples 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. A large percentage of couples view PrEP positively. However, to ensure safety for both partners, future programing must consider those who intend not to use condoms while on PrEP.

Read the article here.

Microclinics, Support Networks and Engagement in HIV Care in Kenya

CAPS scientists were part of a team that conducted a quasi-experimental study evaluating the impact of the Microclinic social network intervention on engagement in HIV care and medication adherence on Mfangano Island, Kenya. The intervention included ten bi-weekly discussion groups on a number of topics related to the variety of challenges to adherence in HIV care. Adherence was measured through hair sampling pre- and post-study. Results demonstrated that engaging the patient's social network can play an important role in reaching viral suppression.

Read more about this innovative intervention here.

AARC Research Forum Compendium

On May 13, 2015 CAPS and the Alameda AIDS Research Coalition hosted researchers and community leaders service the needs of people affected by HIV/AIDS in Alameda County. In addition to presentations on new and innovative research projects, the participants engaged in a robust discussion of how to best best improve services for people affect by HIV in Alameda County and how to identify future opportunities for research in this community.

Please join us in this work by reviewing the compendium produced from this meeting.

2015 Visiting Professors

Each year a small number of scientists are selected to participate in the Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities. This program is also known as the Visiting Professor (VP) Program. The VP Program is designed to assist investigators already conducting HIV-prevention research with minority communities to improve their programs of research and obtain additional funding for their work.

Please join us in welcoming the 2015 Visiting Professors! Learn more about these talented scientist here.

Facilitators and barriers to effective scale-up of an evidence-based multilevel HIV prevention intervention.

Since the scale-up of HIV/AIDS prevention evidence-based interventions (EBIs) has not been simple, it is important to examine processes that occur in the translation of the EBIs into practice that affect successful implementation. The goal of this paper, written by CAPS scientists, is to examine facilitators and barriers to effective implementation that arose among 72 community-based organizations as they moved into practice a multilevel HIV prevention intervention EBI, the Mpowerment Project, for young gay and bisexual men.

Read more here.

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July 14, 2015

CAPS eHealth Working Group Presents Sarah Woolf-King, PhD MPH and Judy Tan, PhD

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