Upcoming Events

  • Most of our events take place in the McKusick Conference Room at Mission Hall, also known as the Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building on Mission Bay Campus, unless otherwise noted. [Directions to CAPS]
  • RSVP to Rochelle Blanco if you would like to attend. You will need to check in at the security desk upon arrival. Mention “Town Hall” at the security desk to expedite entry approval.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

CAPS MSM Working Group Presents: A Discussion on MSM Risk and a New MSM Funding Annoucment

The CAPS Men Who Have Sex With Men Working Group (MSMWG) is reconvening to discuss the following topics:

(1) MSM Risk Given Advancements in the Field

As the HIV prevention and treatment landscape continues to evolve in the U.S., how are we as researchers and clinicians defining and measuring risk? What outcomes are we measuring in our prevention research? What messages are we using in our interventions (e.g. condomless anal sex vs. unprotected anal sex)? What is “protection” for HIV-negative MSM—PrEP? Partners with undetectable viral loads? Unprotected anal sex between two positive guys? Join us for an engaged discussion around MSM risk.

(2) A recently released RFA from NIH Behavioral Interventions to Prevent HIV in Diverse Adolescent Men Who Have Sex with Men

Are any CAPS investigators planning to respond to the RFA released by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities?  What interest exists in developing new collaborations or partnerships to respond? How can the MSMWG be a resource for you?  Check out the URL prior to the meeting:  (RFA-MD-15-012).  Application Receipt Date(s): January 15, 2016

1:00pm-2:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

CAPS Town Hall Presents Martin Holt, PhD – The Impact of Antiretroviral-Based Prevention: Challenges to Research and Surveillance Systems in the HIV Treatment as Prevention Era

In the last five years we have seen dramatic developments within HIV prevention, with stunning trial results placing HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP) firmly on the combination prevention agenda. Cities like San Francisco and Vancouver rapidly embraced TasP-led prevention strategies, seeking to more rapidly diagnose HIV-positive people and offer them treatment to reduce onward transmission. An emphasis on high-uptake testing, accessible treatment and retention in care, bolstered with PrEP for at-risk individuals, is now seen in multiple jurisdictions, including Australia. Embracing antiretroviral-based prevention is seen as vital to meet bold international targets to reduce HIV transmission. However, the roll-out of these strategies has challenged existing systems and raised difficult questions. How much do affected communities understand about antiretroviral-based prevention and how does this affect its implementation? Is building community support as important as creating access? How do we measure the impact of antiretroviral-based prevention? What does safe sex become (and how do we measure it) when there are multiple ways of preventing transmission?

This presentation will illustrate these issues with reference to research on Australia’s primary HIV-affected population (gay and bisexual men). However, the aim is to encourage discussion about positive ways to adapt to antiretroviral-based prevention in the multiple contexts in which it is being implemented.

Martin Holt is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia. He runs the Gay Community Periodic Surveys, Australia’s main behavioural surveillance system for HIV, and the PrEPARE Project, a longitudinal study of community attitudes to antiretroviral-based prevention. He is actively involved in HIV prevention policy across Australia. Supported by an Endeavour Executive Fellowship from the Australian Government, in 2015 he is visiting the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (San Francisco).

12:00-1:00pm. McKusick Conference Room (Room 3700), Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94158