CAPS Overview

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)

As part of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, CAPS represents a unique collaboration between university, government, community-based, and private local agencies:

CAPS was established at the University of California, San Francisco in 1986. CAPS conducts epidemiological, behavioral, and policy studies in the primary prevention and treatment of HIV infection. Research activities are carried out locally, nationally, and internationally by more than 70 faculty investigators and scientific staff, along with their support staff. CAPS conducts ethical and policy analyses of AIDS-related issues and provides technical assistance and capacity building to service organizations worldwide. Areas of special emphasis in AIDS research include the following:

  • Epidemiologic studies of HIV prevalence and incidence
  • Studies of HIV risk behaviors
  • Primary prevention interventions focused on reducing new infections
  • Studies of HIV testing
  • Studies of acute infection
  • HIV treatment and health outcomes research
  • Drug and alcohol use and HIV
  • Studies of highly affected populations
  • Policy and ethics
  • Stigma and HIV
  • Global health and HIV
  • Research addressing diverse populations
  • Translational and implementation science
  • Health disparities and health empowerment research
  • Multilevel and structural interventions
  • Maternal and child health and HIV


Last modified: February 1, 2013