CAPS Awarded CDC Funding for Capacity Building Assistance for High-Impact HIV Prevention

After a highly competitive nationwide application process, CAPS and the UCSF AIDS Research Institute were awarded funds to deliver free high quality capacity building assistance (CBA) services to CDC-funded community based organization, health departments and healthcare organizations.  The program aims to strengthen the capacity of the HIV prevention workforce to optimally plan, implement, and sustain high-impact HIV prevention interventions and strategies across the United States and its territories.

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CAPS Names Professor Mallory Johnson As New Co-Director

Mallory Johnson, PhD, who has worked at USCF since 1997, was recently appointed as CAPS Co-Director joining Director, Marguerita Lightfoot and Co-Director Susan Kegeles as part of the Senior Leadership! Dr. Johnson brings an extensive background in Clinical Psychology and has authored  numerous publications related to behavioral medicine, health psychology and HIV/AIDS.

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Uthando Lwethu or “Our Love”: Testing an intervention to increase testing with couples in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

350 heterosexual couples were recruited and randomized for the Uthando Lwethu intervention test in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The intervention is the first intervention to have couples-based HIV counseling and testing (CHCT) as an outcome. Results of this trial will provide information on whether a relationship-focused approach is effective in increasing in CHCT. This publication was coauthored by CAPS Associate Professor Lynae Darbes and Professor Mallory Johnson, with researchers from Human Sciences Research Council (Sweetwaters), University of Southampton, Centre for Health and Population Studies (Durban), and the International Center for Research on Women (Washington, DC).

Read the full article here.

Patient Navigation Facilitates Medical and Social Services Engagement Among HIV-Infected Individuals Leaving Jail

HIV-infected men and women who were recently released from jails in San Francisco, assigned navigators to increase engagement in care and social support service utilization had experiences recorded via field-observations and interviews. Intensive time together and shared incarceration, HIV diagnosis and drug use histories showed that socially concordant navigators can aid transition to care and service engagement among recently released individuals. CAPS researchers Kim Koester, Mark Morewitz, Charles Pearson, John Weeks, Rebecca Packard, Assistant Professor Mi-Suk Kang-Dufour and Associate Professor Janet Myers were co-authors on this publication with Milton Estes of San Francisco Department of Public Health, and Jacqueline Tulsky of the Positive Health Program (UCSF).

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Risk Factors Associated With Per Contact Risk of HIV Infection Among  MSM in the United States

2189 men who have sex with men were recruited from 3 U.S. cities in 1992-1994, the early-HAART era. This paper examines age, race/ethnicit and risk factors assocaiated with per contact risk of HIV infection among MSM in the U.S. Center for AIDS Prevention Studies TAPS Fellow Hyman Scott is the corresponding author on this paper with researchers from the Dan Francisco Department of Public Health and UCSF’s Department of Epdiemiology and Biostatistics, and Department of Medicine.

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