566 gay male couples from the San Francisco Bay Area were recruited for a longitudinal study of relationship dynamics. Findings showed lower rates of risk behavior among couples who reported higher levels of positive relationship dynamics, among other findings. CAPS researchers Associate Professor Lynae Darbes, Deepalika Chakravarty, Professor Tor Neilands with Sean Beougher and Colleen Hoff (Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, SFSU) were coauthors on this paper.
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The 2013 theme for World AIDS Day is “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths". Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment and prevention, yet there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. World AIDS Day (December 1st) is an opportunity to pay tribute to the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world, and commemorate those who have died.
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1,020 health care workers including doctors, nurses and staff from both private and public healthcare settings in Mumbai and Bengaluru were interviewed regarding treatment of people living with HIV; illustrated high levels of stigma and discrimination, which may direct appropriate interventions aimed at healthcare workers. This paper was coauthored by CAPS Professor Maria Ekstrand, researcher Elsa Heylen, Jayashree Ramakrishna (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru) and Shalini Bharat (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai).
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Adult same-sex male couples, where at least one partner was HIV+, were asked about alcohol use and HIV treatment. As hypothesized, heavy-drinking HIV+ men were less likely to be adherent to treatment, had poorer treatment outcomes. Unique to this study was the finding that HIV+ men with primary partners who abstained from alcohol were less adherent and had poorer treatment outcomes; beliefs about the presumed toxic effects of combining alcohol with medication may have played a factor. This paper was authored by CAPS Faculty and Staff: Sarah Woolf-King, Tor Neilands, Samantha Dilworth-Johnson, Adam Carrico and Mallory Johnson.
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This new study illustrates a relationship between peer social support and recent HIV testing among sexually active young Black MSM, including when adjusted for experiences of racism, homophobia, socioeconomic states, risk behavior and age. Coauthored by CAPS TAPS Fellow Hyman Scott, Assistant Professor Greg Rebchook, Lance Pollock and Professor Susan Kegeles, with David Huebner (University of Utah) and John Peterson (Georgia State University).
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