Social media graphic of AIDS ribbon with black and green accents for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7

#NBHAAD 2016

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - February 7, 2016

CAPS has produced the 2016 "Research & Resources for African American HIV/AIDS Prevention" resource. New topics include:

  • Implementation of evidence-based strategies to address HIV disparities among African Americans
  • Connecting sexual health resources to urban young MSM of color
  • Community mobilization to improve engagement in care among young black MSM living with HIV
  • Development of a couple-based mobile health intervention for improving HIV care engagement
  • Network-based home testing to identify undiagnosed HIV infection and increase linkage to care

Download the booklet here.

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THOR SWIFT/NEW YORK TIMES

Recommendations for Scale-Up and Implementation of PrEP in Community Settings

In their Lancet commentary on a modeling study, UCSF CAPS researchers Emily Arnold and Wayne Steward recommend approaches to increase the scale-up and implementation of PrEP in community-based settings. The original study by Punyacharoensin and colleagues suggests that a combination approach of PrEP with HIV testing for HIV-negative men and immediate treatment of HIV-infected men has the potential for the most impact on the epidemic. Based on these findings, Arnold and Steward call for: 1) stronger collaboration among CBOs, sexual health clinics, and medical providers; 2) providing convenient and stigma-free points of access and adherence counseling; and 3) mobilizing gay communities and education on PrEP use as HIV prevention and sexual health promotion and wellbeing.

Read the abstract here.

Successful HIV prevention programming requires engaging communities

In an informative new publication by CAPS researchers Sarah Trevis-Kagan and Sheri Lippman, the authors describe a four stage methodology used to implement HIV prevention programming in rural North West Province, South Africa. The authors cite that actively engaging communities in the planning process and responding to the local social environmental factors that shape health and behavior is required to initiate successful interventions.

Read the abstract here

Gender Affirmation and Sexual Risk among Transgender Men

In a new publication co-authored by CAPS scientist Jae Sevelius, PhD, 452 self-identified transgender and gender nonconforming adults were interviewed revealing that TMSM who had not socially transitioned had a higher prevalence of condomless sex with a cisgender male partner than to those who had socially transitioned. This finding suggests that sexual health research and programming seeking to reach at-risk TMSM remain inclusive and promote diversity, and not limit trans masculine samples to individuals who have affirmed their gender in any particular way.

Read the study abstract here

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Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle

A Leap Forward for PrEP

Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, new data from researchers at Kaiser Permanente found no new HIV infections among 650 people taking PrEP. Dr.Jonathan Volk, lead author of the study and former fellow at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies said “This is really compelling data that shows that PrEP works in a real-world setting,”

Read more about the Kaiser study as well as the associated commentary manuscript "Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize: No new HIV Infections with Increased Use of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis" by CAPS researcher Kimberly Koester.

Internet Use for Health Care Engagement Purposes and HIV Clinical Outcomes

In this study CAPS scientists examined 1,500 participants' cell phone and internet use to assess health care engagement and clinical outcomes among HIV positive people. Findings showed that most access the internet for health care purposes on an almost daily basis, demonstrating that users of online social media and the internet was associated with better self-reported virologic and adherence outcomes.

Read more here.

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