Women who have been incarcerated are at increased risk of HIV acquisition when they are out in the community and many have low perception of risk. HIV Postexposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) is an effective means of HIV prevention but many women do not know about nPEP. The program discussed in this article, co-authored by scientists at CAPS, increased women's knowledge of nPEP and may provide evidence that such a program may be useful for high-risk women in various settings.
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The high rates of incarceration among communities of color raises questions about related health disparities including the disproportionate impact of HIV. Data from the Relate Project, a Bay Area based survey of recently released men and their female partners, provides unique insight into sexual risk taking in these relationships and reinforces the importance of engaging couples in HIV prevention efforts.
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Dr. Marguerita Lightfoot, Director of CAPS, and researchers from Emory University and the University of Missouri explored "positive life transformation" among women living with HIV through photo narratives. Women living with HIV in three cities participated in interviews, group meetings and a photo exhibit. The product is inspiring and offers insight into women's motivation for making positive, healthy changes in their lives. This project may inform future interventions for women living with HIV.
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