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Spotlight: David Goodman-Meza, MD, MAS

David Goodman-Meza, MD, MAS, is a Core Affiliate in the Combination Prevention Core at CHIPTS and a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. David completed his medical degree at […]

Inverse Probability of Treatment Weighting for Control of Confounding

April 30, 2019 – Ryan Cook from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology joined us for a one-hour introductory workshop on the use of inverse probability of treatment weighting for control of confounding in observational studies. Ryan delved […]

Maintaining US Global Health Leadership in an Era of Hyper-Partisanship, Government Budget Cuts and Decreased Multilateral Cooperation

April 30, 2019 – We had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Porter DeLaney from the Kyle House group for a talk on “Maintaining US Global Health Leadership in an Era of Hyper-Partisanship, Government Budget Cuts and Decreased Multilateral Cooperation.” You […]

2019 CHIPTS Annual Strategic Planning Meeting

April 26th, 2019 – Our faculty and staff came together on a cloudy Friday at the Santa Monica Annenberg Beach House for our Annual Strategic Planning Meeting for a day of discussion, brainstorming, and collaboration. Center Director Dr. Steve Shoptaw […]

Spotlight: Scott Comulada, DrPH

Scott Comulada, DrPh, is an Associate Professor-in-Residence at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences with a secondary appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He is our Methods Core Co-Director and an Analytic Core Project Lead […]

Learning Seminar: HIV Exposed Children and Early Childhood Development

March 7th, 2019 – Researchers from UCLA, The RAND Corporation, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Charles R. Drew University, Harvard Medical School, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Stellenbosch University, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation gathered at the UCLA Meyer […]

Tips and Strategies for Effective Literature Searches

March 12, 2019 – We invited Bethany Myers for an extremely informative and helpful guest lecture on “Tips and Strategies for Effective Literature Searches” which was attended by forty seven people in person and via teleconference. Her lecture included tips […]

CHIPTS is going to NHPC2019

Members of Center of HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) faculty and fellows are headed to the National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) 2019 so make sure to catch their work if heading to Atlanta! Check out or download the […]

HIV prevention study finds universal “test and treat” approach can reduce new infections

This article originally appeared on nih.gov and you can find the full article here. New HIV infections declined by 30 percent in southern African communities where health workers conducted house-to-house voluntary HIV testing, referred people who tested positive to begin […]

CHIPTS is going to CROI 2019

Some of our very own Center of HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) faculty and fellows are headed to the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infection (CROI) 2019 so make sure to catch their work at the conference this […]

CDC Data Confirm: Progress in HIV Prevention Has Stalled

This article originally appeared on HIV.gov. To see the full article, click here.  The dramatic decline in annual HIV infections has stopped and new infections have stabilized in recent years, according to a CDC report published today. The report provides […]

Spotlight: Norweeta Milburn, PhD

Norweeta Milburn, PhD is a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the Division of Population Behavioral Health at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  She also is the Director of the CHIPTS Development […]

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

This post originally appeared on AidsInfo. You can find the original post here with more resources. February 7, 2019 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual opportunity to promote HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment in black communities. HIV diagnoses among African Americans have declined in recent […]

2019 HIV Next Generation Conference

January 25, 2019 – The 2019 HIV Next Generation Conference, hosted by CHIPTS welcomed 121 attendees to the UCLA Campus for a day of discussion, learning, and networking. Drs. Steve Shoptaw and Norweeta Milburn gave compelling opening remarks to start […]

Community Advisory Board Creates “U=U for Women” Infographic

After months of development, the CHIPTS Community Advisory Board (CAB) proudly presents an infographic on U=U specifically for women this January (2019) for this year’s CAB Initiative. The infographic includes short, concise, and informative statements regarding U=U for women. We […]

Speed kills: Associations between methamphetamine use, HIV infection, tobacco use, and accelerated mortality among gay and bisexual men in Los Angeles, CA 20 years after methamphetamine dependence treatment

R. Colby Passaro, Keenan Ramsey, Eddy R. Segura, Jordan E. Lake, Cathy J. Reback, Jesse L. Clark, Steve Shoptaw A B S T R A C TBackground: To better characterize mortality among methamphetamine users, we estimated rates of all-cause mortality […]

For HIV, Treatment is Prevention

This article originally appeared on hiv.gov and was cross-posted from NIH Director’s Blog. You can view the original article here. For almost four decades, researchers have worked tirelessly to find a cure for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS. There’s still more work to […]

Slowing the Emerging Opioid Epidemic in Southern California: Responding to Increases in Opioid, Prescription, and Injection Drug Use Meeting Report

The UCLA CFAR-sponsored “Slowing the Emerging Opioid Epidemic in Southern California: Responding to Increases in Opioid, Prescription, and Injection Drug Use” was held on November 16, 2018.  This meeting was hosted by Drs. Pamina Gorbach and Steve Shoptaw of UCLA […]

Bluthenthal appointed associate dean for social justice

This announcement originally appeared on HSC News. To access the original article, click here. Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for social justice at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, effective Jan. 1. Bluthenthal, who is a […]

HIV Next Generation 2019 Conference – Register Today!

Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/2Tw0nwIArUVdB4y93 You can see the Agenda below or download it and parking instructions here:

Spotlight: Latoya Small, MSW, PhD

Latoya Small, MSW, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare and is part of the Policy Impact Core at CHIPTS.  Her research examines how social determinants of health are associated with […]

HPTN Scholars Program Application

The HIV Prevention Trials Network are currently accepting applications for their HPTN Scholars Program. Applications for US domestic scholars are due on January 25, 2019.  Applications for international scholars are February 22, 2019.  See more details below or visit the […]

2018 Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit Recap

NMAC’s third annual Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit was held on December 3-4, 2018 at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Los Angeles, packed with engaging plenaries, educational breakout presentations, and robust conversations about relevant topics including the #MeToo movement, U=U, intersectionality, […]

Los Angeles County Sentinel Community Site (SCS) Drug Use Patterns and Trends, 2018

The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) recently released a report on Los Angeles County titled “Los Angeles County, Sentinel Community Site (SCS), Drug Use Patterns and Trends, 2018.” Below you will find the highlights of this report. To read […]

World AIDS Day, 2018

A message from CHIPTS The past year has brought great excitement and hope for the end of the AIDS epidemic in our lifetimes.  Global HIV incidence is declining with improvements in ART scale-up, exciting progress to the prevention and treatment […]

Where Is the Opioid Use Epidemic in Mexico? A Cautionary Tale for Policymakers South of the US–Mexico Border

Image source: Yale Medicine Abstract: In North America, opioid use and its harms have increased in the United States and Canada over the past 2 decades. However, Mexico has yet to document patterns suggesting a higher level of opioid use or attendant harms. […]

The American Opioid Crisis: A Discussion with Chris McGreal, Author of American Overdose

Our Center Director Dr. Steve Shoptaw moderated an event by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council titled “The American Opioid Crisis: A Discussion with Chris McGreal, Author of American Overdose” in Culver City on November 28th. Check out the summary […]

2018 HIV Research for Prevention Conference Madrid Recap

The 2018 HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIVR4P) was held in Madrid, Spain from October 21-25, 2018. The conference supports the exchange of research on HIV vaccines, microbicides, PrEP, treatment as prevention, and other biomedical prevention approaches through a range […]

Spotlight: Pamina M. Gorbach, MHS, DrPH

Pamina M. Gorbach, MHS, DrPH, is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Division of Infectious Diseases in the David Geffen School of Medicine. Her research focuses on bio-behavioral dynamics of […]

CHIPTS New CAB Co-Chairs Share their Vision for the New Year

CHIPTS welcomed our newly elected CHIPTS Community Advisory Board Co-Chairs to the position on Friday, October 12, 2018 for the 2018-2019 year. Dahlia Ferlito, who was re-elected for a second term, and Aaron Celious both have a great wealth of […]

HIV R4P Satellite Session on Long-Acting Injectables for HIV Prevention and Treatment

We held our pre-conference satellite session, “It Only Hurts a Little: Long-Acting Injectables for HIV Prevention and Treatment,” at the HIV Research For Prevention (HIVR4P) Conference in Madrid, Spain on Monday, October 22, 2018. With a full house, we had great […]

HHS Awards $2.34 Billion in Grants to Help Americans Access HIV/AIDS Care and Medication

This article originally appeared on hiv.gov. To see the full article click here.  Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that approximately $2.34 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants were awarded to cities, counties, states, and […]

HUD Awards $23 Million to Renew Support to 22 Local HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on August 29 announced $23 million to assist more than 1,700 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families annually over a three-year period. The funding announced today is […]

Spotlight: Corrina Moucheraud, ScD, MPH

Corrina Moucheraud, MPH, ScD is an Assistant Professor in the Fielding School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management and her research focuses on global health policy and systems. She uses quantitative and qualitative data to […]

Colloquium: “NUMBERS and VOICES: A Profile of PrEP among Latino MSM in Los Angeles County”

September 13, 2018 – Dr. Ron Brooks, Omar Nieto, and Amanda Landrian Gonzalez presented “NUMBERS and VOICES: A Profile of PrEP among Latino MSM in Los Angeles County” at this month’s HIV Research and Community Colloquia series at the Los […]

New Tools and Information from the CDC about HIV Treatment, Care and Prevention

Access CDC’s Latest Tools and Information for HIV Care Providers about HIV Treatment and Care The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched new tools and information for HIV care providers on its Prevention IS Care website, highlighting the […]

NIH launches study to test combination antibody treatment for HIV infection

This article originally appeared on NIH.gov. To access the original article, click here.  A clinical trial testing infusions of combination antibodies in people living with HIV has begun at the National Institutes of Health. The early phase clinical trial will evaluate whether […]

Novel intervention halves rate of death among people living with HIV who inject drugs

This article originally appeared on NIH.gov. To access the original article, click here.  An intervention designed to facilitate treatment for HIV and substance use was associated with a 50 percent reduction in mortality for people living with HIV who inject illicit drugs, […]

Opioid and HIV in Los Angeles: Getting the Word Out to Communities and Providers

The event on “Opioid and HIV in Los Angeles: Getting the Word Out to Communities and Providers” took place at St. Anne’s on September 24, 2018 from 9 AM – 12:30 PM. The purpose of this event is to increase […]

NIH officials: closing treatment gaps critical to ending the U.S. HIV epidemic

The following is an excerpt from NIH.gov. To read the full article, click here.  Daily antiretroviral therapy (ART) that suppresses HIV to levels undetectable by standard blood tests is lifesaving for individuals living with HIV and prevents sexual transmission of […]

Spotlight: Chunqing Lin, PhD

Chunqing Lin, PhD, is a Core Scientist in the Methods Core at CHIPTS.  She is currently an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute Center for Community Health. Her primary research interest is […]

Fauci: HIV remission free of antiretroviral therapy is a feasible goal

This article originally appeared on NIH.gov. To access the original article, click here.  Long-lasting control of HIV infection without antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a feasible goal that deserves vigorous pursuit, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., will assert during a lecture on […]

Antiretroviral Drugs for Treatment and Prevention of HIV Infection in Adults

CHIPTS Center Co-Director, Dr. Raphael J. Landovitz, was part of this study that was published in JAMA online on March 12th titled, “Antiretroviral Drugs for Treatment and Prevention of HIV Infection in Adults.” Below is an excerpt from the published […]

CHIPTS Members at AIDS 2018 Gallery

There’s only one day left of AIDS 2018 so don’t forget to check out the posters that CHIPTS members will be presenting tomorrow. We’ve created a quick guide to all of the CHIPTS members that will be featured at AIDS […]

Integrating Infectious Disease Prevention and Treatment into the Opioid Response

This article originally appeared on HIV.gov. To see the full article, click here.  The opioid crisis in the United States is devastating the lives of millions of Americans. Perhaps overshadowed by the alarming rise in overdoses and deaths is the […]

Colloquium “Health Disparities, Risk Behaviors and Healthcare Utilization Among Transgender Women in Los Angeles County: A Comparison from 1998-1999 to 2015-2016”

July 12, 2018 – Dr. Cathy Reback  presented at this month’s Research and Community Colloquia series at the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV meeting. She discussed the results from two studies of transgender women in Los Angeles County using the […]

Spotlight: Jeanne Miranda, PhD

Jeanne Miranda, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Medicine and the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA and is a core scientist in the Combination Prevention Core at CHIPTS. Her major research contributions have been […]

UCLA Researchers awarded $9.5 million for Research on Substance Use Impact on HIV

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded UCLA researchers $9.5 million over five years to study the possible impact that substance abuse may have on HIV. The mStudy features many of our own CHIPTS colleagues including principal investigator Dr. Pamina […]

CDC Releases 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Results

Press Release: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary on the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). This report provides the most recent surveillance data on health behaviors […]

Feature Spotlight: Damilola Jolayemi, MSc

Damilola Jolayemi, MSc is the Program Coordinator for the Combination Prevention Core at UCLA CHIPTS. Her interest in HIV began while she was pursuing her Master of Science in Global Health at Northwestern University. Damilola, an American of Nigerian origin, was […]

Guest Lecture: Getting to 2020: Top Challenges in Biobehavioral HIV Prevention

Dr. Chris Beyrer from Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Jane Simoni from the University of Washington gave a special guest lecture on June 1, 2018 at UCLA on the current top challenges in biobehavioral HIV prevention. You can watch a […]

2018 CHIPTS Annual Strategic Planning Meeting

May 31, 2018 –CHIPTS held its annual retreat and strategic planning meeting on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles. The theme of the meeting was “Getting to 2020: Planning for the Future for Biobehavioral HIV Prevention.” The meeting was […]

Colloquium: Project Rise

May 10, 2018 – At this month’s Los Angeles County Commission on HIV meeting, Laura Bogart, PhD of RAND Corporation, Matt G. Mutchler, PhD, of California State University Dominguez Hills and APLA Health, and Sean J. Lawrence and Damone Thomas […]

Feature Spotlight: Ronald Brooks, PhD

Ronald Brooks, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UCLA and a core scientist in the Combination Prevention Core at CHIPTS.  He began working in the field of HIV as a part-time statistician at the […]

[HIGHLIGHTS] Stigma & HIV Event

May 4, 2018 – On Friday, members of the community from across Los Angeles County gathered for the Stigma and HIV event at St. Anne’s in downtown Los Angeles. The day started energetically with the keynote presentation by Dr. Andrew […]

HIV and Depression: A Potential Role for Attention Training in Prevention and Treatment

This study, led by CHIPTS Core Affiliate, Eric Houston, PhD, and included Center Director, Steve Shoptaw, PhD, was published in SciForschen Journal of HIV and AIDS online on March 27th, 2018 titled, “HIV and Depression: A Potential Role for Attention Training […]

Feature Spotlight: Nina Harawa, PhD, MPH

Dr. Nina Harawa co-directs the Policy Impact Core at CHIPTS.  She is an Associate Professor-in-Residence with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Professor with Charles R. Drew University (CDU) of Medicine and Science, where she leads […]

Methods Seminar – Michael Shin, PhD on Mapping Health

Michael Shin, PhD Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Geography, Geospatial @ UCLA Tuesday, April 10, 2pm – 3pm Center for Community Health, UCLA Wilshire Center 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Room 350-46 (Conference Room) Health happens. What’s more is that […]

Dr. Hank Tomlinson Named New Director for CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB

This post originally appeared on HIV.gov. To see the full article, click here.  CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB in the Center for Global Health stands at the forefront of the global response to HIV and TB, the world’s two deadliest […]

Dr. Giang Minh Le – Addressing Opioid Addiction in Vietnam: Successes and Challenges

April 5, 2018 – Dr. Giang Minh Le of Hanoi Medical University presented on “Addressing Opioid Addiction in Vietnam: Successes and Challenges,” a special guest lecture hosted by CHIPTS.  The event was in partnership with the UCLA Center for AIDS […]

PrEP Access for Men of Color Is a Thornier Problem Than We Think

This excerpt originally appeared in an article on VICE. You can read the full article here. Since the FDA first approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for those at high risk of acquiring HIV in 2012, its rollout has been mired in […]

LOVESICK Film Screening – Finding Love When HIV+

Across the world, over 36 million people live with HIV, many in places where HIV/AIDS is unspeakable. So, how do you find love & marriage when you are HIV+?  In 1986, Dr. Suniti Solomon discovered India’s first case of HIV. But […]

Grindr App to Offer H.I.V. Test Reminders

The following is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared on The New York Times. To see the full article, click here.  In an effort to shrink the global AIDS epidemic, the world’s largest gay dating app is changing […]

Feature Spotlight: Kara Chew, MD, MS

Kara Chew, MD, MS, is a Core Scientist in the Combination Prevention Core at CHIPTS. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE), Department of Medicine, at […]

LINK LA Post-Incarceration Intervention Proved Successful for Viral Suppression

This LINKLA study was spearheaded by CHIPTS Core Scientist William Cunningham MD, MPH, and was published in JAMA online on March 12th titled, “Effectiveness of a Peer Navigation Intervention to Sustain Viral Suppression Among HIV-Positive Men and Transgender Women Released From […]

Colloquium: The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative: Real Help. Lasting Change

March 8, 2018 – At the March Los Angeles County Commission on HIV meeting, Ashlee Oh, MPH, from the Chief Executive Office of the County of Los Angeles presented a colloquium on the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative. Ms. Oh […]

Mapping PrEP: First Ever Data on PrEP Users Across the U.S.

This article originally appeared on AIDSVu. You can see the full original article here. New Maps Show More Than 77,000 People Prescribed HIV Prevention Medicine in 2016 AIDSVu has released the first-ever interactive state-level maps visualizing a 73 percent increase year […]

HIV Prevention Pill Not Reaching Most Americans Who Could Benefit – Especially People of Color

This article originally appeared on CDC’s website. You can find the full original article here.  March 6, 2018 – A new CDC analysis suggests only a small percentage of Americans who could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) have been prescribed […]

Risk of Acquiring HIV Increases During and After Pregnancy, Research Suggests

This article originally appeared on NIAID; you can see the original article here. A woman’s risk of acquiring HIV through sex with a male partner living with HIV increases during pregnancy and is highest during the postpartum period, new research […]

Hilton Foundation Grant to Support Early Childhood Development for Babies of HIV-Infected Mothers in Malawi

Dr. Thomas J. Coates, Director of CHIPTS’ Global HIV Program, was recently awarded $2.6 million to expand his work in Malawi with early childhood development. To learn more about his work in Malawi, check out the article below! This article […]

CHIPTS at CROI 2018

Research involving CHIPTS investigators will be featured at the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). Below is a list of the presentations involving CHIPTS members and affiliates. You can download a pdf version of this list here:  To […]

The Alexis Project and Text Me, Girl! Intervention are Featured in HRSA’s Biennial Report

The Alexis Project and Text Me, Girl! intervention, both led by CHIPTS member Dr. Cathy Reback (Principal Investigator), are featured in HRSA’s current biennial report, “Improving Health Outcomes Through Data Utilization: 2016 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Highlights.” To see the full report, […]

Dr. Redonna Chandler selected to lead AIDS Research Program at NIDA

January 08, 2018 Dr. Redonna Chandler has been named director of the AIDS Research Program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this role, she will be responsible for the […]

Adherence 2018 will take place June 8-10, 2018, in Miami

For more information on Adherence 2018, visit their website by clicking here. This annual series of conferences is dedicated to the presentation and discussion of HIV treatment and biomedical prevention adherence research, and current behavioral and clinical perspectives in practicum, within […]

UCLA scientists receive $7.7 million grant to study HIV recurrence

This article originally appeared on UCLA Newsroom and is written by Enrique Rivero. For the full article, click here. The virus that causes AIDS is known to hide in certain rare cells. When people with HIV stop taking their medications, the […]

PHAT Life: Effective HIV intervention for youth in the criminal justice system

A group risk-reduction intervention that uses role-playing, videos, games, and skill-building exercises to promote knowledge about HIV/AIDS, positive coping, and problem-solving skills for high-risk teens in the juvenile justice system, showed great potential for reducing sexual risk-taking. The findings were […]

Webinars Spotlight Local, State, & National Partners’ Responses to Infectious Disease Consequences of Opioid Epidemic

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for 2 webinars discussing the impact of the opioid epidemic on infectious diseases, and local, state, and national actions to address both. Panelists will describe the use of existing federal guidance, […]

Happy Heart Month: What People Living with HIV Should Know

This post originally appeared on the NIAID NIH website. To see the original article, click here.  Today marks not just a time to exchange valentines and chocolates, but also the midpoint of American Heart Month. Did you know people living with […]

Feature Spotlight: Erik Storholm, PhD

Erik Storholm, PhD is a core affiliate in the Combination Prevention Core at CHIPTS. He is an Associate Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He is also a scholar in the UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse […]

Treating and Preventing HIV with Generic Drugs — Barriers in the United States

CHIPTS member Erika G. Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Bruce R. Schackman, Ph.D. Combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) has dramatically improved survival rates among people with HIV and is a mainstay of HIV prevention; evidence shows that durable viral suppression prevents the […]

Further Disparities in PrEP Uptake Revealed Among Medi-Cal Beneficiaries

Differences found by Age, Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Geographic Region LOS ANGELES — Despite large increases in PrEP use across California, a new study funded by the California HIV/AIDS Research Program finds sharp differences in uptake by age, gender, race/ethnicity and […]

Los Angeles County HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2020 and Beyond

Los Angeles County released their HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2020 and Beyond in December 2017.  For more information on the Strategy, please download the pdf below or visit the LA County HIV website.   An excerpt from the Strategy: More than […]

A Personal Perspective: PrEP and NBHAAD

Written by Jamal Refuge, published by HIV.gov. Every day, I wake up and take a little blue pill that empowers me. It’s been nearly 3 years since I made the decision to start pre-exposure prophylaxis, better known as PrEP. PrEP is […]

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Sustained Viral Suppression and Transmission Risk Potential Among Persons Receiving HIV Care

February 2, 2018, CDC – Non-Hispanic blacks/African Americans (blacks) represent 12% of the U.S. population.* However, in 2014 an estimated 43% (471,500) of persons living with diagnosed and undiagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection were blacks (1). In 2016, blacks […]

HIV Research for Prevention (R4P) Abstract Submission and Registration Open

Abstract submission, scholarship applications and registration for HIVR4P 2018 open today! This is a big day on the HIVR4P 2018 calendar. Abstract submission, scholarship applications and conference registration for HIVR4P 2018 are all now officially open. Also premiering today: the […]

More than 20,000 LGBT teens in the US will be subjected to conversion therapy

A new report has estimated that almost 700,000 LGBT adults (ages 18-59) in the U.S. have received conversion therapy while an estimated 20,000 LGBT youth in the U.S. (ages 13-17) will receive conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional […]

2018 HIV Next Generation Conference

January 26, 2018 – Last Friday, the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) hosted its 2018 HIV Next Generation Conference (Next Gen) on UCLA campus.  Opening remarks from Drs. Steve Shoptaw and Dallas Swendeman energized the 128 […]

Ending Gender Inequalities: Evidence to Impact Conference

You’re invited to join us for the Ending Gender Inequalities: Evidence to Impact conference Conference registration opens 28 February 2018 Participating in this meeting will help you: Enhance knowledge of applied gender research, practice, and implementation, including new technology, gender-focused […]

Study links gut-homing protein levels with HIV infection risk, disease progression

NIH clinical trial is testing antibody against the protein in people with HIV. For the first time, scientists have shown a relationship between the proportion of key immune cells that display high levels of a gut-homing protein called alpha-4 beta-7 […]

NIH begins large HIV treatment study in pregnant women

Clinical trial will compare three antiretroviral drug regimens. The National Institutes of Health has launched a large international study to compare the safety and efficacy of three antiretroviral treatment regimens for pregnant women living with HIV and the safety of […]

STOP STIGMA: A Performance by Chiao-Wen Lan

This Friday, Chiao Wen-Lan will be performing a dance, combining visual arts with her academic research in partial satisfaction of the requiremnts for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health at UCLA. Her dissertation is titled “HIV-Related Stigma, Social […]

HIV Next Generation 2018 Information

► WHEN: January 19th, 2018, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM ► WHERE: UCLA Covel Commons NEXT GEN 2018 is a free, one-day conference is to support the next generation of HIV researchers and service providers to work towards an end to AIDS […]

NIH study supports use of short-term HIV treatment interruption in clinical trials

A short-term pause in HIV treatment during a carefully monitored clinical trial does not lead to lasting expansion of the HIV reservoir nor cause irreversible damage to the immune system, new findings suggest. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) benefits the health of […]

Feature Spotlight: Michael Li, PhD, MPH

Michael Li’s first introduction to public health was as a volunteer for a non-profit HIV services organization after completing his undergraduate education in molecular biology at the University of California, Irvine. His interest in the humanistic aspects of health grew […]

Colloquium: Sin Vergüenza Season 3- A Strategy to Reduce Stigma, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Addiction in LA

January 4, 2018 – AltaMed’s English and Spanish telenovela webseries Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame) was developed to address a range of topics surrounding HIV in the Latino community overcoming stigma, seeking STD testing, treatment, behavioral health services, and violence. Earlier […]

Most Influential Research of 2017 by Economists

Dr. Manisha Shah of CHIPTS’ Policy Impact Core at UCLA and Dr. Scott Cunningham of Baylor University recently published their paper entitled, “Decriminalizing Indoor Prostitution: Implications for Sexual Violence and Public Health,” in The Review of Economic Studies.   Based on their […]

Colloquium: 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Results

December 14, 2017 – Ms. JuHyun Sakota, Manager of Data and Research at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), presented at this month’s Commission on HIV meeting, as part of the HIV Research and Community Colloquia Series. She presented […]

Evaluating Sex Behaviors and Substance Use in Pregnant Women in South Africa: Informing Interventions to Prevent HIV Acquisition and Transmission

Dr. Dvora Joseph Davey came to UCLA to present on her work in South Africa in a special guest lecture titled “Evaluating Sex Behaviors and Substance Use in Pregnant Women in South Africa: Informing Interventions to Prevent HIV Acquisition and […]

World AIDS Day 2017 – A message from CHIPTS

On this annual day of remembrance, we pause to reflect on the state of science, policy, activism, treatment, and prevention and to renew energy and partnerships in our shared goal of ending HIV/AIDS. We celebrate that improvements in HIV medications […]

Feature Spotlight: Emeka Okafor, PhD

Emeka Okafor, PhD is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases, in the Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine at UCLA.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, he […]

Scale-Up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Services for HIV Prevention — 12 Countries in Southern and Eastern Africa, 2013–2016

Countries in Southern and Eastern Africa have the highest prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the world; in 2015, 52% (approximately 19 million) of all persons living with HIV infection resided in these two regions.* Voluntary medical male […]

Combination HIV prevention reduces new infections by 42 percent in Ugandan district

NIH-supported study provides evidence for implementing approach broadly. A study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine provides real-world evidence that implementing a combination of proven HIV prevention measures across communities can substantially reduce new HIV infections in […]

FDA Approves First Two-Drug Regimen for Certain Patients with HIV

November 21, 2017 – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen containing only two drugs to treat certain adults with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) instead of three or more drugs included in […]

NIMH R21 Changes

NIMH is accepting R21 applications under an NIMH-specific R21 Program Announcement (PA-18-350) for receipt dates beginning February 16, 2018. Resubmissions of applications previously submitted under the NIH parent R21 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) may be submitted under PA-18-350. Clinical Trials are […]

New Online Tool Helps PrEP Users Assess Marketplace Coverage Options

To help individuals using PrEP who are also seeking to get or renew coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the current open enrollment period, NASTAD recently launched PrEPcost.org . The site is an online health plan finder that helps PrEP users or navigators […]

Covered California’s Open-Enrollment Period off to a Solid Start

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California issued its first enrollment snapshot for the first two weeks of the current open-enrollment period. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 14, more than 48,000 new consumers signed up for coverage through Covered California, which is […]

HIV Prevention Research by and for the Transgender Community in California: TransPrEP!

NEW VIDEO FROM CHRP: TransPrEP! The California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) is proud to be funding the largest demonstration project of its kind in the U.S., to determine the acceptability, utilization, adherence, and pharmacokinetics of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication […]

On Track But Continued Progress Needed on HIV Viral Suppression to Achieve Our Nation’s Goal

The science is clear: recent scientific advances in our understanding of the impact of HIV treatment have shown that achieving and maintaining viral suppression improves the health of those living with HIV and prevents the transmission of new infections. Further, […]

NAESM, Inc. Announces Youth Scholars Institute during 15th Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities! Deadline is November 17th!

Atlanta, GA – NAESM, Inc. announces the third annual Build-a-Brother Youth Scholars Institute (BABI). BABI begins with a four-day peer-led training institute for young Black gay men at the 15th Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and […]

Durable End to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic Likely Will Require an HIV Vaccine

Despite remarkable gains in the treatment and prevention of HIV infection, development of an effective HIV vaccine likely will be necessary to achieve a durable end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to a new commentary from Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., […]

UCLA Receives $5 Million Grant for Sharing Research on AIDS and Substance Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded $5 million to researchers at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health to develop a resource and data center for millions of pieces of research, lab samples, statistics and other data aimed at […]

“California HIV Surveillance Report – 2015” Released

October 23, 2017 –The California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS released the California HIV Surveillance Report – 2015 which includes data collected from the State of California from the years 2011-2015. The report was put together by California […]

Covered California Announces Lower Prices for Most Enrollees in 2018 as Open Enrollment Approaches

Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 31 — twice as long as the federal open-enrollment period. New data on affordability shows that what 1.1 million subsidized consumers pay for their coverage will decrease by an average of […]

HRSA awards $2.36 billion in grants to help Americans access HIV/AIDS care and medications

October 18, 2017 – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced today approximately $2.36 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants awarded to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year (FY) 2017. This funding supports a […]

CHIPTS Welcomes New CAB Co-Chairs

October 13, 2017 – On Friday, we officially announced our newly appointed Co-Chairs for our Community Advisory Board (CAB)! Both Natalie Sanchez and Dahlia Ferlito bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and community perspective to the board.  The CHIPTS CAB […]

Colloquium: Keeping Patients with Immigration Concerns in HIV Care and Services

October 12, 2017 – CHIPTS October installment of the Colloquia series focused on patients with immigration concerns (specifically the Latino community) who are living with HIV/AIDS and are at risk of falling out of care. Tom Donohoe, MBA, presented on the relevancy […]

SAMHSA Awards $166 Million for HIV Prevention and Treatment

October 5, 2017 – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded grants totaling $166 million over five years through its Targeted Capacity Expansion-HIV (TCE-HIV) Program and its Prevention Navigator Program. The grant funding will be used […]

Stimulant Use: Harm Reduction, Treatment, and Future Directions Conference

September 25, 2017 – the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) hosted the “Stimulant Use: Harm Reduction, Treatment, and Future Directions” conference to engage participants in dialogue about stimulant use. Within the walls of the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles, harm […]

LAC DPH Health Alert: Outbreak of Hepatitis A in Los Angeles County among the Homeless and People who use Illicit Drugs

September 19, 2017 –This message is intended for infectious disease, primary care, emergency medicine, urgent care, emergency medical services, and healthcare personnel who provide services to the homeless or drug using populations. Please distribute as appropriate. Key Messages • The […]

Colloquium: Secret Shopper Evaluation of HIV Testing Services for Youth in LAC

September 14, 2017 — A collaborative of 6 youth-serving agencies in Los Angeles evaluated the youth-friendliness of HIV testing services available. A total of 19 testing sites across the county were evaluated by youth utilizing a tool that focused on four […]

Fogarty Training Program Workshop in Hanoi – Community-Based Intervention Studies

September 8, 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam — During September 6th-8th, 2017, Faculty and researchers from academic institutions in Vietnam, researches from local NGOs, Ministry of Health Program Managers, Graduate students of Hanoi Medical University, and Fellows of the Vietnam Fogarty Training Program […]

IAS 2017 – Dr. Landovitz presents on the results of HPTN-077

July 25, 2017, Paris, France – Dr. Landovitz, CHIPTS Co-Director, spoke on the “Enhancing the Impact of HIV Prevention” press conference regarding the findings of HPTN-077 at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science in Paris, France.   […]

Matthew Feldman, PhD, MSW at CHIPTS Special Guest Seminar

Evaluating Services for People Living with HIV in New York City Using Ryan White Part A Data Matthew Feldman, PhD, MSW Senior Research Analyst Care & Treatment/Research & Evaluation Unit Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention & Control New York City Dept. […]

Brendan Quinn, PhD at CHIPTS Special Guest Seminar

Syndemic Structural and Drug Use Factors Contributing  to Marginalization, HIV , HIV Transmission and Viral Load Among mSTUDY Participants Brendan Quinn, PhD Fullbright Scholar Visiting Research Fellow, UCLA Research Fellow, Behavior & Health Risks Program, Bunet Institute, Australia Thursday, June […]

Planning for the Los Angeles County HIV/STD Strategy for 2020 and Beyond

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) is hosting a community meeting, “Planning for the Los Angeles County HIV/STD Strategy for 2020 and Beyond.” This event will be held immediately following the […]

Methods Seminar – Chunqing Lin, PhD on Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-based Interventions: Multidisciplinary Approaches

Chunqing Lin, Ph.D. Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA CHIPTS Methods Core Scientist Tuesday, June 13, 2pm – 3pm Interventions that have demonstrated efficacy in randomized controlled trials have been underutilized in healthcare delivery. Dissemination and […]

America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic

In cities like New York and San Francisco, once ground zero for the AIDS epidemic, the virus is no longer a death sentence, and rates of infection have plummeted. In fact, over the past several years, public-health officials have championed […]

LAC DPH Health Alert: Mumps Outbreak in Adults in Los Angeles County

June 1, 2017 Mumps is highly infectious and spreads through congregate living/social settings causing sporadic outbreaks as has been demonstrated in recent outbreaks in the U.S. In LA County and surrounding areas, there is currently a mumps outbreak involving over […]

2017-2018 CHIPTS Mentored Pilot Grant Program

The Center for HIV, Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) is proud to announce a new vision and process for its annual pilot grant program, with a focus on mentored research awards for investigators (ranging from Doctoral Students to Assistant […]

Colloquium: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Older Adults Living with HIV

May 11, 2017 – In Los Angeles County, almost half of all people living with HIV are over the age of 50. This community has many unique medical and psychosocial care needs that often are not adequately met through the current […]

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programs With People Who Inject Drugs: Practical Guidance For Collaborative Interventions (The “IDUIT”)

This tool contains practical advice on implementing HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) programs with people who inject drugs. It is based on recommendations in the WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS technical guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, […]

Colloquium: Ask Me About PrEP – A Three-Part Digital Campaign to Increase PrEP Uptake

April 13, 2017 – AltaMed has become a pioneer in content marketing for the promotion of HIV prevention and PrEP services. Using a digital approach they have created online conversations in target populations resulting in increased awareness on PrEP, HIV treatment […]

Methods Seminar – Priya Bhagwat, PhD on Measurement of Abdominal Fat Changes and Predictors of Excess Fat Gain in HIV-Infected Individuals Initiating Therapy

Priya Bhagwat, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS), Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA HIV-infected individuals beginning antiretroviral treatment are faced with several metabolic complications including central fat accumulation and severe weight […]

UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute Grand Rounds: George F. Lemp, DrPH, MPH – "Overview of the CA HIV/AIDS Research Program"

Dr. George Lemp, Director of the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) from the University of CA, Office of the President, presented on Friday, April 7, 2017 as part of the UCLA CFAR/AIDS Institute’s Grand Rounds.   This monthly lecture series […]

Colloquium: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Women: PrEP and PrEP-Ception

March 9, 2017 – Dr. Lashonda Y. Spencer, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Southern California presented “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Women: PrEP and PrEP-Ception” at the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV meeting. 2017 March Colloquium Flyer […]

Methods Seminar – Kodi B. Arfer, PhD on Comorbidity and Medical Costs Among Medicare Beneficiaries with HIV in California: A Case Study in Predictive Data Analysis

Kodi B. Arfer. PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA Data analysis typically focuses on inference about the unobservable true parameters of a postulated true data-generating model. An alternative […]

Colloquium: HIV Biomedical Prevention Efforts in Los Angeles County

February 9, 2017 – Dr. Sonali Kulkarni, Medical Director of the Division of HIV and STD Programs, and Dr. Leo Moore, Associate Medical Director & Clinical Prevention Specialist, both from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health presented “HIV Biomedical […]

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Incorporating Culture as Prevention

Written by Crystal Lee (Navajo), Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCLA March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day recognizing that Native American/Alaska Natives (Natives) are often “invisible” and face challenges accessing HIV testing, treatment, and care. Although Native HIV prevalence rates […]

U.S. Sues New York City for Denying Police Job to Man With HIV

The U.S. Department of Justice has sued New York City for revoking an emergency dispatcher job offer it made to a man before he disclosed he had HIV, which the police department said disqualified him from the position. Please click […]

Gates Foundation Backs Intarcia Therapeutics’ HIV Drug Pump

Intarcia Therapeutics is developing implantable pump which holds six or 12 months’ supply of medicine. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million to support development of a tiny implantable drug pump it believes could […]

Addressing the Intersection of Racism and HIV

On December 12, 2016, the City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator’s Office, in collaboration with many key community partners, hosted a one-day event on “Addressing the Intersection of Racism and HIV.” The event discussed important topics such as the role […]

S.H.E (Self. Healing. Empowerment.) is Beautiful

The “S.H.E (Self. Healing. Empowerment.) is Beautiful” event held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 was a huge success. Over 125 HIV clinical and service providers and their clients attended the event.   This one-day training was coordinated by the Los Angeles […]

Methods Seminar – Antonio Pedro Ramos, PhD on Measuring Inequality in Early-Life Mortality Within and Between-Groups Over Time: A Bayesian Approach with Application to India

Antonio Pedro Ramos. PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Department of Biostatistics, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA California Center for Population Research, UCLA Most studies on early-life mortality compare mortality rates between large groups of births, such as across countries, income groups, […]

NIDA is now accepting applications for the Director’s Travel Awards

NIDA is now accepting applications for the Director’s Travel Awards to attend the 2017 College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. We anticipate a limited number of awards in the amount of $1,000.00 each. Please […]

UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute Grand Rounds: Carl Dieffenbach, PhD – "HIV Research: Creating Synergies to End AIDS"

This monthly lecture series, which is offered by the UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute, consists of hour-long lunchtime lectures, delivered by invited guests or distinguished members of the Institute faculty, on a broad range of subjects. The aims of the […]

World AIDS Day: A WeHo Man’s Story of Survival and Action

World AIDS Day: A WeHo Man’s Story of Survival and Action  

World AIDS Day 2016: What’s it to YOU?

Tremendous medical advances in treatment and prevention for HIV exist right now that, if implemented, could stop even one new case of HIV. These interventions are ALREADY having an effect – including a 19% reduction in new diagnoses in the […]

New HIV cases in NYC drop to lowest number since 1981

New York City health officials say the number of new HIV cases in the city fell below 2,500 last year for the first time since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1981. Please click here for full article.

Exciting Antibody Discovery Sparks New Hope For Future HIV Vaccine

Experts are optimistic, but say that a safe, effective vaccine may still be a decade away. Please click her for full article.

U.S. LGBT Community Fears Backlash After Trump Victory

Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election this week has left many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates fearing a backlash against their community. Click here for full article.

Methods Seminar – Matt Beymer, PhD on Is PrEP for Me? Utilizing Longitudinal HIV Testing and Diagnosis Data to Inform the Creation of an Algorithm for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Use

Matt Beymer, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine   Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once-a-day pill that can greatly reduce the chances of contracting HIV among HIV-negative individuals. Although PrEP is recommended for certain groups of gay […]

J&J Vaccine Plus Gilead Immune Booster Shows Promise as HIV Fighter

An experimental HIV vaccine from Johnson & Johnson combined with an immune system booster from Gilead Sciences Inc showed promise at keeping the virus at bay in monkeys even after treatments had stopped, marking yet another step towards the development […]

UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute Grand Rounds: Ian Sanne, MBBCH, DTM&H – "ART Do or Die"

This monthly lecture series, which is offered by the UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute, consists of hour-long lunchtime lectures, delivered by invited guests or distinguished members of the Institute faculty, on a broad range of subjects.   The aims of […]

H.I.V. Arrived in the U.S. Long Before ‘Patient Zero’

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Seeing the 'red light' profession in a new light

The proliferation of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS has created a need to look at prostitution through an economic lens. A new handbook co-edited by a UCLA researcher compiles the latest research. Click here to read article – The economics of […]

Invasive Meningococcal Disease and Shigella Outbreak

  Benjamin Schwartz, MD, Interim Director, Acute Communicable Disease Control Program, LAC DPH   Franklin Pratt, MD, MPHTM, FACEP, Medical Director, Immunization Program, LAC DPH   Presented at the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV Meeting on Thursday, October 13, […]

Colloquium: HIV-Based Discrimination: Law and Remedies

October 13, 2016 – This panel presentation will include an overview of key federal and state law protections from discrimination applicable to people living with HIV. This includes discrimination in multiple settings, including healthcare, housing, employment and public accommodations. Attendees will […]

UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute Grand Rounds: Brian Mustanski, PhD – "Harnessing technology to revitalize HIV prevention in the lab and the community"

Brian Mustanski, PhD Director, Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing Co-Director, Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University “Harnessing technology to revitalize HIV prevention in […]

My Journey to the African Cape by Evelyn Taylor

This July the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) at UCLA) hosted a conference on Alcohol and the Elimination of HIV in Durban, South Africa.  While attending the conference with my mother, I was also able to […]

Landmark PrEP & PEP Education Bill is Signed into Law by Governor Brown

Co-Sponsored by Los Angeles LGBT Center and APLA Health, AB 2640 Ensures HIV-Negative Individuals Receive Information about PrEP and PEP During HIV Post-Test Counseling Landmark legislation to boost awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV […]

Lorry-themed condoms tackle India HIV

In India, it is estimated two million lorry drivers regularly use prostitutes – but barely 10% of them are using condoms. Health officials say there is a strong correlation between HIV infections and the routes used by truckers. To help […]

Soccer Project Aimed at Unemployed Men Launched

In Africa, HIV prevention has been most successful with women, not men. For example, young, South African men aged 18-29 years continue to have a high incidence of HIV, frequent drug use, low HIV testing rates, concurrent sexual partnerships, and […]

South Africa to Give Free HIV Treatment to All Infected

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Studies Offer Fresh Hope in Fight Against HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Certain bacteria put some women at greater risk of infection and make treatment less effective Please click here for full article.      

July 2016 Durban, South Africa Conference: Alcohol as a Barrier to Eliminating HIV

The links between alcohol use and abuse, and HIV, are not difficult to imagine. From its role in risky behavior, to its impact on overall health, alcohol exerts an influence on HIV acquisition, treatment adherence, and illness management – inevitably […]

Meningococcal Disease Outbreak Continues in Southern California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 3, 2016 PH16-045   Meningococcal Disease Outbreak Continues in Southern California Vaccinations Urged for Gay, Bisexual Men, HIV-Infected Persons SACRAMENTO – Due to an ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Southern California, the California Department of […]

Public Health Launches PrEP Centers of Excellence to Help Stop the Spread of HIV

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is taking critical steps to expand access to biomedical prevention options for Los Angeles County residents at highest risk for HIV infection. On Tuesday, August 2, the Los Angeles […]

Dr. Raphael J. Landovitz Presents a TEDTalk “PrEP for HIV Prevention: The Best Worst Kept Secret”

“Preventive Medicine” has arrived for those at risk for HIV. New medical strategies are available to help prevent HIV from being transmitted. As futuristic as this concept seems, it is part of a preventive revolution for medical care – where […]

Colloquium: Moving Beyond Truvada for PrEP: The Next Generation of Biomedical HIV Prevention and What It Means for Los Angeles

July 14, 2016 – Drs. Steve Shoptaw, Raphael Landovitz, and Jesse Clark presented “Moving Beyond Truvada for PrEP: The Next Generation of Biomedical HIV Prevention and What It Means for Los Angeles,” shared information about the new direction in biomedical HIV […]

Cuomo says all HIV-positive residents of NYC can get aid

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CDC Report: U.S. Counties at Risk of HIV Outbreak

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Colloquium: Surviving the Streets: Challenges and Opportunities Addressing Youth Homelessness

June, 2017 – Dr. Milburn is a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute Center for Community Health and Director of Research and Evaluation at the Nathanson Family Resilience Center. Her research interests […]

CDC Identifies Counties at Risk of HIV Outbreaks

Agency lists areas prone to HIV and hepatitis C spreading among injection-drug users Please click here for full article.

HIV-infected patients less likely to get cancer treatment

“Cancer is quickly becoming the leading cause of death in HIV-infected patients, so we urgently need to understand why these patients are less likely to be treated,” lead study author Dr. Gita Suneja of the University of Utah School of […]

UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute Grand Rounds: Robert M. Grant, MD, MPH – “PrEP Scale-up for Impact”

Robert M. Grant, MD, MPH Senior Investigator, Professor of Medicine Gladstone Institutes, University of California San Francisco “PrEP Scale-up for Impact” Hosted by the International Health Services and Policy Program Section

Methods Seminar – Tiffany Cvrkel, PhD on The Ethics of PrEP: Vulnerable Populations, Limited Resources, and the Public Good

Tiffany Cvrkel, PhD Bioethicist Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology University of California, Los Angeles With evidence mounting that some combinations of antiretroviral agents may be used effectively as “pre-exposure prophylaxis” (PrEP) to prevent the spread of HIV, clinicians, researchers, and […]

Colloquium: Igniting Conversation in Latino Communities on HIV Treatment and Medication Adherence Through the Use of Telenovelas: Sin Verguenza Season 2

May 12, 2016 – AltaMed’s English and Spanish telenovela webseries Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame) was developed to address the impact HIV has on the Latino community. Now in its second season, Sin Vergüenza highlights the importance of obtaining HIV medical treatment and […]

Fight Against AIDS Threatened by Lack of Money, Leadership, U.N. Head Says

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Global progress fighting AIDS could be lost because prevention programs are suffering from a lack of leadership, accountability and funding, the head of the United Nations warned on Friday. Please click here for full […]

Awareness Campaign Helps Those Most At-Risk Stay HIV Negative

           “The Protectors” Encourages Residents to Get Protected with PrEP.   LOS ANGELES – LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) unveiled its first-ever comprehensive public education campaign to raise awareness about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis […]

CDC’s New Risk Reduction Tool: Exploring Prevention Options

May 2, 2016 • By David W. Purcell, JD, PhD, Deputy Director, Behavioral and Social Science, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, NCHHSTP, CDC David Purcell New biomedical approaches to HIV, such as routine use of ART to treat and prevent HIV, […]

AIDS Treatment in Haiti Promising for Developing Nations

A program providing free medicines has produced a survival rate comparable to that of gay men in the United States. Please click here for full article.

In a first, liver and kidney from HIV-infected donor are transplanted into HIV-positive patients

In a first that gives HIV-infected patients yet another chance for long lives, surgeons at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center have transplanted a kidney and a liver from a dead donor who was HIV-positive into two HIV-positive recipients. Please click here […]

Current and (Potential) Future Effects of the Affordable Care Act on HIV Prevention

Viall AH, McCray E, Mermin J, et al. Current HIV/AIDS Reports2016;13(2):95-106 Abstract: Recent advances in science, program, and policy could better position the nation to achieve its vision of the USA as a place where new HIV infections are rare. Among […]

UCLA AI/CFAR Grand Rounds: Dr. Pamela Collins -"Grand Challenges: Integrating Mental Health in Research, Policy, Practice"

Pamela Y. Collins, MD, MPH National Institute of Mental Health “Grand Challenges: Integrating Mental Health in Research, Policy, Practice” Grand Rounds is offered by the UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute, consists of hour-long lunchtime lectures, delivered by invited guests or distinguished […]

Temple Researchers to Explore Ability of Novel Compounds to Protect Brain against HIV with New NIH Grant

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From the March Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Providing HIV-related services in China: The internet can facilitate HIV prevention among a subset of men who have sex with men by enhancing awareness, service uptake, retention in care and adherence to treatment. Collaboration between the public sector and the community […]

AIDS activists: NY plan to end epidemic needs funding

AIDS activists say New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo must invest more state funds if they are serious about the state’s goal of ending the epidemic by 2020. Please click here for full article.

Indiana Counties Must Fund Needle Exchanges Sans State Help

Problem is, lawmakers banned state funding for the exchanges when they legalized them last year, even as Indiana’s worst-ever HIV outbreak struck in another county. Please click here for full article.

Homeless Young People of New York, Overlooked and Underserved

Homelessness is highly associated with HIV, with 5.3% seropositive in 1989. While this is the only domestic study, in 2010, the HIV prevalence among homeless youth in Ukraine was 18.4%. Homeless youth (HY) are likely to have psychiatric disorders, substance abuse problems […]

Dr. Shoptaw Speaks at UN Meeting

Dr. Steven Shoptaw, CHIPTS Co-Director, will be giving an invited address on March 11, 2016 in Vienna, Austria, at a meeting of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The purpose of the U.N. meeting is to develop science-based […]

Women in Leadership – Dr. Cathy Reback

Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Reback, a core investigator of the CHIPTS Combination Prevention Core!  Dr. Reback has been selected as one of the recipients of this year’s Women in Leadership Award from the City of West Hollywood for her outstanding […]

Addressing Co-Morbidities to Reduce New HIV Infections and to Improve Health Outcomes – CHIPTS Retreat 2015

On Monday, September 21, 2015, CHIPTS hosted their annual retreat meeting, “Addressing Co-Morbidities to Reduce New HIV Infections and to Improve Health Outcomes,” at the LUXE Sunset Bouvelard Hotel in Los Angeles.  The Center will compete for its 5-year renewal […]

Lessons Learned from Epidemiologic Studies of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Atlanta

Dr. Eli Rosenberg’s research focuses on studies, methods, and analyses for understanding pertinent epidemiological issues in HIV prevention, such as the racial disparities in HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States, how sexual […]

Untangling the Racial Disparities in HIV Infection Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

Eli Rosenberg, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Dr. Eli Rosenberg’s research focuses on studies, methods, and analyses for understanding pertinent epidemiological issues in HIV prevention, such as the racial disparities in HIV […]

Community Program Increases PrEP Use Among Black Gay, Bi Men

Black gay and bisexual men enrolled in a program that helps them overcome personal barriers to treatment are likely to keep taking a daily anti-HIV pill, according to new research. Please click here to read full article.

Your Risk of Getting HIV, According to the CDC

New government estimates break down the lifetime risk of infection by race, gender and geography. Please click here for full article.

Vaginal Ring With Drug Lowers H.I.V. Rates in African Women

A flexible and inexpensive ring that is inserted into the vagina, where it slowly releases an antiviral drug, helped protect African women against contracting H.I.V. from their sexual partners, researchers said Monday in reports on two major studies that included […]

NY Gov: Let teens get HIV treatment without parental OK

Teens in New York don’t need their parent’s consent before seeking treatment for most sexually transmitted diseases. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s time to change the law so that HIV infections are treated the same way. Please click here for […]

Johns Hopkins to Perform First H.I.V.-Positive Organ Transplants in U.S.

Johns Hopkins said it was set to perform the first kidney and liver transplants between H.I.V.-positive donors and H.I.V.-positive patients in the United States, a development that advocates said could create a lifesaving pipeline for H.I.V. patients while shortening organ […]

Colloquium: Engaging Black Men Who Have Sex With Men (BMSM) in Los Angeles in HIV PreP

February 11, 2016 – After numerous reports of low enrollment of Black MSM in local PrEP demonstration projects, a local convening of researchers and community stakeholders was conducted to discuss strategies for improving PrEP uptake among Black MSM in Los Angeles.  Dr. […]

Homeless Young People of New York, Overlooked and Underserved

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New WHO Bulletin reports HIV spike in European Region

According to the current issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization the highest number of new HIV cases since reporting began in the 1980s was recorded in WHO’s European Region in 2014, according to the European Centre for Disease […]

Global Fund Rushes HIV Drugs to Uganda Amid Shortage

The Global Fund, a partnership that sends HIV drugs to poor countries, says it plans to send an advance supply of antiretroviral therapy to Uganda, after the East African country ran out three months before the end of last year. […]

Methods Seminar – Kayo Fujimoto, PhD on Application of Social Network Analysis to HIV/AIDS Research

Kayo Fujimoto, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health Dr. Kayo Fujimoto specializes in Social Network Analysis (SNA) and statistical methods applied to various fields […]

Bill Gates and Bono Team Up to Fight AIDS

RED, the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver announced that the Gates Foundation,will match up to $50 million of any funds raised to fight AIDS. Please click here to view video.

Hope for L.G.B.T. Rights in India

Two years after sexual minorities in India were dealt a terrible setback by the Supreme Court, more elected politicians are stepping up for L.G.B.T. rights. Please click here for full article.

HIV Testing Uncommon in Teens Despite Recommendations: CDC

Fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who’ve had sex have ever been tested for HIV, a troubling low rate that didn’t budge over eight years, government researchers say. Young adults fared slightly better, although testing rates have declined […]

Robert H. Remien, Ph.D. at CHIPTS Cross Core meeting

“Supporting and Monitoring ART Initiation and Adherence in Resource-Constrained Settings.” Robert H. Remien, Ph.D., is Director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies in the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health and is Professor of Clinical Psychology (in […]

New Study Finds PrEP as Safe as Aspirin

A study recently published in the concluded that taking pre-exposure propyhlaxis for the prevention of HIV was as safe as aspirin. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles compared five major studies on PrEP for HIV infection and two […]

UCLA CFAR/AIDS Institute, Grand Rounds – Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D.

Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Medical Research Director, Fenway Health; Director of HIV Prevention Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center “A New Normal?: Sexual Health and Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Antiretrovirals for Prevention Era” […]

No more excuses. We have the tools to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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Needle Exchange Leaders Cheer Relaxed Federal Funding Ban

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Norwegian Biotech Company Flags Evidence for Efficacy of ‘Kick and Kill’ HIV Treatment

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Methods Seminar – Erika Martin, PhD on Releasing High-Value Open Health Data: Opportunities, Challenges, and Practice Recommendations

Erika Martin, Ph.D Dr. Martin is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and a Senior Fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, University at Albany, State University of New […]

H.I.V. Education That Aims to Empower, Not Shame

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FDA Overturns 30-Year Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

The Food and Drug Administration said its decision to reverse the policy was based on an examination of the latest science which shows that an indefinite ban is not necessary to prevent transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. […]

Men's Self-Image Puts Them in Danger of Dying From AIDS, Research Shows

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Men’s self-image as strong, sexually active risk-takers means they are more likely to die from HIV/AIDS than are women, experts said on Wednesday, calling for more HIV workplace testing to reach men and greater efforts […]

HIV Infection Rates 2015: For Gay Black Men, New Diagnoses May Have Plateaued

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Prince Harry visits our partner Grassroots Soccer, working to stop the spread of HIV

Men have been ignored in much of what has been done. It’s time to support more interventions for men.

U.S. Still in Danger of Losing War on AIDS, C.D.C. Director Says

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Charlie Sheen captures headlines; but Do Black Lives Affected by HIV Matter?

Charlie Sheen captured the world’s attention when it was revealed that he was living with HIV.  Yet, 69% of the 35 million people living with HIV are Black.  In the United States, Blacks are eight times more likely to get […]

Experts Propose Changes to How Infectious Diseases Are Handled

Bungled response to West African Ebola epidemic exposed dangerous vulnerabilities Please click here for full article.

Ron Brookmeyer, Ph.D. at CHIPTS Methods Seminar – UCLA-Semel Institute Center for Community Health

Ron Brookmeyer, Ph.D. Professor of Biostatistics Fielding School of Public Health University of California, Los Angeles Tracking the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Issues, Challenges and Future Directions To download the slide presentation, click here

New HIV Drug Wins FDA Approval

CEO says Genvoya, a single-tablet regimen, has potential to advance long-term treatment of HIV. Please click here for full article.

UCLA CFAR/AIDS Institute, Grand Rounds – Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Ph.D.

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Ph.D. Professor and Head, Department of Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University “Culture, Race, and Research: A Voyage of Head and Heart” To download the slide presentation, click here

UCLA CFAR/AI Grand Rounds -Dr. Stefan Baral

Stefan Baral, MD, FRCPC, CCFP, MPH, MBA, MSc Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Director, Key Populations Program “Risks, Vulnerabilities, and Burden of HIV among Key Populations in Low and Middle Countries” To download the […]

France Ends Law Banning Blood Donation From Homosexual Men

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HHS awards $2.2 billion in grants for HIV/AIDS care and medications

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UCLA's Infectious Diseases Chief Discusses the State of HIV/AIDS in America

Dr. Judith Currier, chief of the UCLA Division of Infectious Diseases and associate director of the UCLA CARE Center, was featured Oct. 9 on a Larry King Now panel discussion on the current state of HIV/AIDS in the United States. […]

Urine Screening Alone Misses Most Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in HIV+ MSM

Screening for Chlamydia (CT) and Gonorrhea (GC) is recommended at least annually for sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM). Although most cases of pharyngeal and rectal GC and CT in MSM are asymptomatic, extragenital sites are not […]

New Study: Genital Inflammation & HIV Acquisition Associated in Women..STIs also associated with Inflammation & HIV Acquisition

Elevated genital concentrations of HIV target cell-recruiting chemokines and a genital inflammatory profile contributes to the high risk of HIV acquisition in these African women…….In conclusion, susceptibility to HIV infection was associated with elevations in genital inflammatory cytokines, as a […]

California Gov. Signs Three LGBT-Supportive Bills

They address benefits for transgender workers, assisted reproduction, and the collection of demographic data. Please click here for full article.

Science Won't Stop Until It Beats AIDS, Says HIV Pioneer Francoise Barre Sinoussi

More than 30 years after she identified one of the most pernicious viruses to infect humankind, Francoise Barre Sinoussi, who shared a Nobel prize for discovering HIV, is hanging up her lab coat and retiring. She’s disappointed not to have […]

San Francisco Is Changing Face of AIDS Treatment

San Francisco was once ground zero for the AIDS epidemic, but now it has only a few hundred new cases a year, which is the result of a raft of creative programs. Please click here to read full article.

Learn about the HIV life cycle, which is the series of seven steps that ‪#‎HIV‬ follows to multiply in the body

The series of steps that HIV follows to multiply in the body. The process begins when HIV encounters a CD4 cell. The seven steps in the HIV life cycle are: 1) binding; 2) fusion; 3) reverse transcription; 4) integration; 5) […]

Obama administration announced that it is investing nearly a half-billion dollars in new money to support AIDS prevention among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.

 The allotment expands on a program known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which was first started by the Bush administration. Please click here to read the statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on New PEPFAR […]

Gates Foundation Just Gave $6 Million To Genetically Engineer An HIV Vaccine

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been awarded up to nearly $6 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a revolutionary HIV/AIDS alternative vaccine that has demonstrated great potential in animal […]

World Health Organization Pushes Earlier Use of HIV Treatment

New guidelines from the World Health Organization increase by nine million the number of people who should get antiretroviral triple therapy and by untold millions the number who should get protective doses. Please click here for the New York Times […]

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) is September 27.

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Where Gay Love Is Illegal: Documenting LGBTI Stories of Discrimination & Survival from Around the World

Almost 2.8 billion people live in countries where identifying as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersex could lead to imprisonment, corporal punishment or even death. What began as a photo based project by award-winning photographer and human rights activist Robin […]

Washington D.C. Is Proof That Needle Exchanges Save Lives and Money

Washington, D.C. has a higher AIDS diagnosis rate than any U.S. state, with about 2.4 percent of residents living with HIV/AIDS. Just over 14 percent of those cases are linked to injection drug use. But until 2007, there was a […]

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Ryan White CARE Act and it's National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

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HIV-preventing Drug Holds up Under Study

Truvada, a daily pill that holds the hope of eliminating the risk of contracting HIV, appears to be living up to its promise. In the first real-world study of the prescription drug, Kaiser researchers found no new HIV infections among […]

Digital Resources for National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, Sept 18

To recognize National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD) on September 18, AIDS.gov is sharing facts and digital resources to highlight opportunities to reach out to older adults. – See more at: https://blog.aids.gov/2015/09/digital-resources-for-national-hivaids-and-aging-awareness-day-2015.html#sthash.goQEjCVE.dpuf Please click here for full article.

Point-of-care HIV early infant diagnosis: is test sensitivity everything?

A new article in the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) focuses on Point-of-care HIV early infant diagnosis and test sensitivity. “There are still almost 200,000 new paediatric HIV infections annually in sub-Saharan Africa. This has led to early infant […]

Australia's HIV contraction stabilizes but 1,000 a year still return positive tests

Report by Kirby Institute says a quarter of the people who test positive for the virus have had it for at least 4 years without realizing it. Please click here for full article:

Photography exhibition aims to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination in Pakistan

A photography exhibition portraying the inspirational stories of people living with HIV opened in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 7 September. Please click here for full article.

Singapore Softens Ban on HIV-Positive Visitors

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Jailing of Gay Men in Senegal Poses Setback to HIV Fight in Africa

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Insurer Says Clients on Daily Pill Have Stayed H.I.V.-Free

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NY Grants Support Legal Services for People Living with HIV

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Start Talking. Stop HIV. GIF Campaign Raises Awareness About HIV Education And Stigma

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Latin American and Caribbean countries commit to sharply reducing new HIV infections and advancing human rights

“At a time of adversity, Brazil had the courage and the commitment to start treatment for people living with HIV, and this was key to achieving 15 million people on treatment today in the world. We are asking leaders again […]

NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining AIDS Funding

The NIH supports a comprehensive portfolio of biomedical, behavioral, and social science research on HIV and its associated coinfections, comorbidities, and other complications. The Office of AIDS Research (OAR), a component of the NIH Office of the Director, is legislatively […]

Stabilize or Stimulate? A New Approach to Attacking the HIV Reservoir

RESEARCH UPDATE: When it comes to HIV cure research, eliminating the latent viral reservoir that harbors pockets of HIV in DNA, is vital. Recently, a team of amfAR-funded scientists tested a novel approach to attacking this #‎HIV reservoir – inhibiting […]

Targeting semen proteins to prevent HIV infection

Research led by investigators from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania describes two novel approaches that could prevent HIV infection by targeting proteins in semen that boost transmission of the virus. Please click here for full […]

Though Not A Death Sentence, HIV/AIDS Still Holds A Powerful Stigma

NPR Presents: HIV then and now. Two survivors, from two different generations, tell their stories. Please click here for full article and audio link.

Gaps, challenges and actions for the future for women and girls in the AIDS response

Read about 5 gaps and challenges we face today and 5 actions for the future. Please click here for full article.

LGBTI rights not explicit in SDGs, but all is not lost

Following years of negotiation, 17 new Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the UN on 2 August 2015. It was a truly historic moment where 193 countries of the world came together to agree on how to ensure a better […]

Release of the NHAS: Updated to 2020

“The Strategy is about you, about the healing of this nation.” Watch White House Director Douglas Brooks’ opening remarks from the live stream release of the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Please click here for video. Please click here for the […]

The critical role of communities in reaching global targets to end the AIDS epidemic

This report draws on multiple sources to document the many ways in which communities are advancing the response to AIDS, and the evidence for the effectiveness of these responses. Core areas of community-based activities include advocacy, service provision, community-based research […]

Ryan White CARE Act Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Ryan White ‎HIV/AIDS Program touches over half of all people with HIV in the US. Check out this ‎HRSA video on the wonderful work of the program. For video and article please click here.

Changing Trends in Complications and Mortality among US Youth and Young Adults with HIV Infection in the Era of Combination Antiretroviral Therapy

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Ozcan Research Group creates smartphone-based device that reads medical diagnostic tests quickly and accurately

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HIV Comorbidities in South Africa

 “Multimorbidity in non-communicable diseases in South African primary healthcare” For full article, please click here.

OAR HIV/AIDS Research Priorities 2016 – 2020

The overarching NIH HIV/AIDS research priorities are:  1) research to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS, including the development of safe and effective HIV/AIDS vaccines; 2) development of the next generation of HIV therapies with improved safety and ease of use; […]

Integrated mental health and primary health care improves children’s outcomes.

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Addressing the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma, and HIV Conference, July 20, 2015

On July 20, 2015 – The City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator’s Office hosted a one-day event, “Addressing the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma, and HIV,” at the California Endowment.  The event was attended by over 180 service providers, […]

National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020

In July 2015, the White House released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020. This Update reflects the work accomplished and the new scientific developments since 2010 and charts a course for collective action across the […]

L.A. Trans* Health Summit: Creating Comprehensive Services for the Trans* Community

On June 30, 2015, the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV Transgender Caucus hosted a one-day event entitled, “L.A. Trans* Health Summit: Creating Comprehensive Services for the Trans* Community.” The purpose of the event was to bring together consumers, community […]

Young South African Women Can Adhere to Daily PrEP Regimen as HIV Prevention, Study Finds

A clinical study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found that young, single black women in South Africa adhered to a daily pill regimen to prevent HIV infection—an HIV prevention strategy known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. This […]

Stephanie Kovalchik, Ph.D. – Scaled Inverse Probability Weighting for Event Non-Reporting in Ecological Momentary Assessment Studies

Slide presentation: Scaled Inverse Probability Weighting for Event Non-Reporting in Ecological Momentary Assessment Studies Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) is an increasingly popular assessment method in the behavioral sciences that aims to capture events, emotions, and cognitions in real time, usually […]

Colloquium: HIV Prevention Rates, Risk Factors and Health Disparities Among Transgender Persons

July 9, 2015 – Dr. Cathy Reback of the CHIPTS Combination Prevention Core, presented tan overview of the HIV prevalence rates among trans male and female individuals in Los Angeles County.  She discussed the syndemic co-factors that impact HIV acquisition and transmission […]

Dr. Yvonne Bryson MD – Progress and Strategies for HIV remission and Cure

CURE overview June 2015 Yvonne Bryson MD Distinguished Professor and Chief Global Pediatric Infectious Disease DGSOM at UCLA, Mattel Children’s  

LA Pride

This past weekend, as part of an initiative to educate people about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, Christopher Street West Association (CSW) partnered with a diverse group of HIV/AIDS and LGBT organizations to participate in LA Pride. Palm cards […]

HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, Drs. Steve Shoptaw and Raphy Landovitz, from the CHIPTS Combination Prevention Core, delivered well-received plenaries at the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  Dr. Shoptaw presented early in the order with […]

Romas Geleziunas, PhD – Strategies to Achieve ART-free HIV Remission: An Industry Perspective

Romas Geleziunas, PhD Director, Clinical Virology Gilead Sciences, Inc. “Strategies to Achieve ART-free HIV Remission: An Industry Perspective.” Grand Rounds This monthly lecture series, which is offered by the UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute, consists of hour-long lunchtime lectures, delivered […]

Jacob Konikoff – Cross-Sectional HIV Incidence Estimation: Approaches and Challenges

Jacob Konikoff, Ph.D. candidate Department of Biostatistics UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Abstract: Tracking and surveillance of the HIV epidemic depend on accurate estimation of the number of new infections in the population. The rate at which these infections […]

Kuehl’s L.A. County-Wide PrEP Proposal Passes

June 9, 2015 by Karen Ocamb, Frontiers Media The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed what could be a game-changer for reducing new HIV infections in the County by passing a proposal brought by out Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to provide […]

The Role of Community Health Workers in the Reengineering of Primary Health Care in Rural Eastern Cape

See the article below from CHIPTS’ collaborators at Zithulele Hospital, South Africa. le Roux, K., le Roux, I. M., Mbewu, N., & Davis, E. (2015). The role of community health workers in the re-engineering of primary health care in rural […]

L.A. Trans* Health Summit

The Los Angeles County Commission on HIV, Transgender Caucus, proudly presents: L.A. Trans* Health Summit: Creating Comprehensive Services for the Trans* Community This is a free one-day event designed for consumers, community members, and providers who are interested in initiating […]

Dr. David R Williams – Research on Discrimination and Health: Lessons for the Study of HIV

David R. Williams, PhD Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology, Harvard University “Research on Discrimination and Health: Lessons for the Study […]

Methods Seminar – Tom Belin, PhD on Recognizing Trust and Understanding as Twin Pillars of Statistical Ethics

Thomas R. Belin, PhD Professor UCLA Department of Biostatistics Recognizing Trust and Understanding as Twin Pillars of Statistical Ethics Monday, March 9, 2-3pm Center for Community Health, UCLA Wilshire Center 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Conference Room Accepting the imperative […]

Needle Exchanges Gain Currency

As infections spread among intravenous drug users, officials reconsider syringe exchanges Evidence that HIV and hepatitis C are spreading among intravenous drug users is prompting more state and local officials to consider setting up needle exchanges—including some who had been […]

Indiana Declares Health Emergency After H.I.V. Outbreak

An outbreak of H.I.V. in a rural Indiana county prompted the state’s governor on Thursday to declare a public health emergency as officials worked to stop the spread of the virus that causes AIDS. The 80 cases in Scott County, […]

Two Strains of H.I.V. Cut Vastly Different Paths

Thirty-four years ago, doctors in Los Angeles discovered that some of their patients were succumbing to a normally harmless fungus. It soon became clear that they belonged to a growing number of people whose immune systems were hobbled by a virus, eventually […]

Dr. Thomas Coates – An Expanded Behavioral Paradigm for Treatment and Prevention of HIV-1

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Dr. Thomas Coates, Director of CHIPTS’ Global Capacity Building Core, presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Coates’ presentation, entitled “An Expanded Behavioral Paradigm for Treatment and […]

Tenofovir vaginal gel fails to protect women from HIV in phase 3 placebo trial

  CROI 2015, February 23-26, 2015, Seattle, Washington Mark Mascolini FACTS 001, a double-blind placebo-controlled phase 3 trial, found that tenofovir 1% vaginal gel did not protect South African women who used it before and after sex from acquiring HIV […]

Dr. Raphael J. Landovitz – PrEP for HIV Prevention: What We Know and What We Still Need to Know for Implementation

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Dr. Raphael Landovitz, Co-Director of the CHIPTS Combination Prevention Core, gave an open plenary presentation at this year’s annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, Washington.   His presentation was focused on […]

Study That Paid Patients to Take H.I.V. Drugs Fails

SEATTLE — A major study testing whether Americans would take their H.I.V. drugs every day if they were paid to do so has essentially failed, the scientists running it announced Tuesday at an AIDS conference here. Paying patients in the Bronx and in Washington […]

Funds for HIV/AIDS healthcare contracts reduced by L.A. County

Los Angeles County officials cut back Tuesday on contracts to provide medical care to AIDS and HIV patients, citing increased numbers of people now insured under the federal government’s overhaul of healthcare. The move to cut $4 million from the […]

Scientists Say Aggressive New HIV Strain Discovered in Cuba

Reports of people in Cuba infected by new strain developing AIDS in less than three years A recently-discovered form of HIV in Cuba has been found to progress into AIDS some three times faster than the most common strains of […]

Colloquium: Dr. Andrew Jolivette – Indian Blood: Critical Interventions in Mixed-Race Identity and HIV

February 12, 2015 – Dr. Andrew Jolivette presented to the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV as part of the CHIPTS HIV Research and Community Colloquia Series. He presented findings from his “Indian Blood” study, which was a two year ethnographic,  […]

S.T.D. Care for Two

Recently, while William, 21, was manning the chicken-wing fryer at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Seattle, he pulled aside his sort-of girlfriend, 18, a pizza deliverer there. He had bad news. He had tested positive for gonorrhea and chlamydia. That […]

Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram – Delivering HIV Interventions by Community Health Workers

Dr. Rotheram’s Slides January 26, 2015 – Dr. Rotheram provided the Keynote Address for CHIPTS’ Cross-Core meeting, focusing on her work with community health workers in South Africa.

Sudipto Banerjee – Space, Time and Gradients: Why We Need Them in Statistical Modeling for Public Health Data

CHIPTS Methods Seminar – UCLA-Semel Institute Center for Community Health Sudipto Banerjee, PhD Professor and Chair Dept. of Biostatistics UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Tuesday, February 3, 2-3pm Center for Community Health, UCLA Wilshire Center 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite […]

The Sex Education of Grindr’s Joel Simkhai

LOS ANGELES — High on a ridge here, up a series of winding roads from Sunset Boulevard, up where coyotes skulk into backyards, up and away from the sprawling megalopolis of nearly four million people, Joel Simkhai recently bought himself […]

Can AIDS Be Cured?

One morning in the winter of 1981, my wife came home after her on-call shift at the U.C.L.A. Medical Center and told me about a baffling new case. Queenie was an eighteen-year-old prostitute, his hair dyed the color of brass. […]

HPTN 077 Now Enrolling at UCLA CARE Center

http://chipts.ucla.edu/get-involved/join-a-study/ The UCLA CARE Center is currently enrolling participants for a 2 year study looking at the safety and acceptability of an injectable drug that may be used to prevent HIV • HIV negative? • Between 18 and 65? • […]

Colloquium: Ayako Miyashita – HIV Criminalization: Law, Policy, and Modernization

January 8, 2015 – Ms. Ayako Miyashita, Esq., presented to the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV as part of the CHIPTS HIV Research and Community Colloquia Series on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Her presentation focused on addressing the following […]

King Kennard Holmes – What you need to know about the STIs that most of your patients have

King Kennard Holmes, MD, PhD Director, Research and Faculty Development, Department of Global Health Professor of Global Health and Medicine Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Epidemiology Director, Center for AIDS and STD PI, Center for AIDS Research; and PI, I-TECH […]

CAN AIDS BE CURED?

One morning in the winter of 1981, my wife came home after her on-call shift at the U.C.L.A. Medical Center and told me about a baffling new case. Queenie was an eighteen-year-old prostitute, his hair dyed the color of brass. […]

Eric Rice – How to Collect Longitudinal Social Network Data in Unbounded Networks of Homeless Youth

CHIPTS Methods Seminar – UCLA-Semel Institute Center for Community Health How to Collect Longitudinal Social Network Data in Unbounded Networks of Homeless Youth Eric Rice, Ph.D. Dr. Rice is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the […]

World AIDS Day Observations from CHIPTS Director Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus

CHIPTS Director, Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, shares her thoughts on World AIDS Day: It’s World AIDS Day – HIV was first identified 33 years ago and, now, we may be able to eliminate HIV transmission. In the last five years, […]

W. Scott Comulada – Game of Phones: A Song of Daily Reports With Missing Observations and The Models That Analyze Them

Game of Phones: A Song of Daily-reports with Missing Observations and the Models that Analyze Them    W. Scott Comulada, Dr.P.H. Assistant Professor-in-Residence UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences Abstract: Cell-phone based ecological momentary assessment (CEMA) is an exciting […]

Skipp Rizzo – Virtual Reality Goes to War – Advances in the Prevention Assessment and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress

War is perhaps one of the most challenging situations that a human being can experience. The physical, emotional, cognitive and psychological demands of a combat environment place enormous stress on even the best-prepared military personnel. Numerous reports indicate that the […]

David Bangsberg, MD, MPH – International Perspectives on Adherence to HIV Treatment & Prevention

CHIPTS was honored to host a Grand Rounds lecture by David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, entitled “International Perspectives on Adherence to HIV Treatment & Prevention”. Dr. Bangsberg is the Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health and a […]

HIV Housing Conference 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and the National AIDS Housing Coalition co-hosted a one-day conference on “The Housing Determinant: Integrating Housing into the Continuum of HIV Services” at UCLA […]

Colloquium: Dr. Bernard Branson – HIV and HCV: Is Eradication Within Reach?

November 13, 2014 – Dr. Bernard Branson presented to the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV as part of the CHIPTS HIV Research and Community Colloquia Series.  Dr. Branson has been a persuasive behind-the-scenes architect of public HIV prevention and […]

International baby trial hopes to find Achilles' heel in HIV

The case shocked experts and raised hopes — at least temporarily — that HIV was functionally curable in its tiniest victims. A Mississippi baby who was infected at birth appeared to remain clear of the virus for nearly two years, […]

Chunqing Lin, Ph.D. – Implementation Science: Framework, Challenges, and Multidisciplinary Approaches

Implementation Science: Framework, Challenges, and Multidisciplinary Approaches Chunqing Lin, Ph.D. Assistant Research Epidemiologist UCLA-Semel Institute Center for Community Health

South African ‘Mentor Mothers’ improve perinatal health outcomes

The incidence of HIV infection in South Africa tops that of any nation in the world, with some 6 million of the country’s nearly 50 million residents infected. Sadly, young women — and particularly young pregnant women — suffer some […]

NHS to offer tablet which can reduce HIV risk by 90%

A daily tablet that offers up to a 90 per cent reduction in the risk of contracting HIV could soon be available on the NHS, in what is being described as the most significant breakthrough in the battle against the […]

Robert Weiss, Ph.D. – Analyzing Sexual Behavior from the Healthy Living Project

CHIPTS Methods Seminar – UCLA-Semel Institute Center for Community Health Analyzing Sexual Behavior from the Healthy Living Project Robert Weiss, Ph.D. Professor Department of Biostatistics UCLA Fielding School of Public Health   Abstract: Longitudinal behavioral intervention trials to reduce HIV […]

Calls for HIV Behavioral Research Pilot Finding

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The Housing Determinant: Integrating Housing into the Continuum of HIV Services (ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT . . . REGISTER TODAY!!!)

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Paige Rawl's memoir about growing up HIV-positive is latest TODAY Book Club pick

The latest TODAY Book Club pick is “Positive,” a memoir by Paige Rawl, who was diagnosed as HIV-positive when she was in middle school. At 15, while battling depression in the wake of the bullying she faced, Rawl attempted suicide […]

Half of gay, bisexual men with HIV go untreated

Anti-HIV drugs work to extend lives and slow the spread of the AIDS virus, but fewer than half of infected gay and bisexual men in the United States took those medications in recent years, a new report says. Treatment was […]

Los Angeles Women’s HIV/AIDS Task Force Presents the 8th Annual HIV Treatment Summit and Health Resource Fair

On August 14th, 2014, the Los Angeles Women’s HIV/AIDS Task Force held their 8th Annual HIV Treatment Summit and Health Resource Fair at the California Endowment, in downtown Los Angeles. The summit began with opening remarks from Mario Perez, MPH, […]

Mark A. Wainberg – What if HIV could not develop resistance to a new integrase inhibitor when that compound is used in first-line therapy?

Mark A. Wainberg, Ph.D. Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada Director, McGill AIDS Centre, Lady Davis Institute Jewish General Hospital “What if HIV could not develop resistance to a new integrase inhibitor when that compound is used […]

PrEPárate: A PrEP and PEP Summit for Latino Providers

On August 29th, 2014, the Los Angeles County PrEP Workgroup, in collaboration with UCLA CHIPTS, Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, AltaMed, Bienestar Health Services, The Wall Las Memorias, and the UCLA Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC), hosted […]

AIDS Progress in South Africa Is in Peril

VERVENA, South Africa — A fading roadside ad for Selala Funeral Service here captures what was, until recently, the essence of South Africa’s AIDS epidemic: “Tombstones Are Available,” it reads. “Buy One, Get One Free.” Not long ago, even places […]

New Rise in HIV/AIDS Cases Among Young in Thailand

Thailand’s young people are facing a new rise in HIV infections – the virus that causes AIDS. Researchers say they are finding it tougher to reach at-risk populations with messages about safer sex. In a report released Monday, UNICEF says […]

This is what it's like to have HIV in 2014

Paige Rawl was 12 years old when she told her best friend that she has HIV. She’s had the virus since birth — her mother unknowingly contracted it from her father, who eventually left the family. “I didn’t really fully […]

Preventing HIV With Medicine Can Carry A Stigma

In order to slow the spread of HIV, certain people who do not have the virus but are at risk should take medicine to prevent becoming infected. That’s the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, just […]

New York City Department of Health launches PrEP & PEP campaign

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/prep-pep.shtml If you are HIV-negative and exposed to HIV, PrEP and PEP can stop HIV from infecting your body. PrEP & PEP Posters PrEP & PEP Posters Other languages:[Español] What are PrEP and PEP? PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily […]

Teens Don't Know HIV Is an STD

A new study published by the MAC AIDS Fund shows a third of teens don’t know HIV is a sexually transmitted disease. Have the lessons of generations past been lost? American teenagers have a relatively clear view of which unhealthy […]

The black HIV epidemic: A public health mystery from Atlanta’s gay community

ATLANTA — In the early 2000s, a young researcher at the Centers for Disease Control named Greg Millett set out to solve an epidemiological mystery. Nobody could explain why black Americans, particularly black gay men, had such high rates of […]

On AIDS: Three Lessons From Africa

An AIDS fable: Once upon a time, in the years after AIDS went from being a death sentence to a manageable disease, at least for people rich enough to take antiretroviral therapy, many of the people who ran the world […]

Decriminalized Prostitution in Rhode Island Led to Fewer Rape, Gonorrhea Cases

A new working paper from CHIPTS Policy Core Member and Public Policy associate professor Manisha Shah and her co-author Scott Cunningham of Baylor University has made waves in the media for its groundbreaking research and surprising findings. “Decriminalizing Indoor Prostitution: […]

Starpharma and Ansell get approval for HIV-killing condom

An Australian-developed virus-killing condom is a step closer to sale, following a key regulatory approval. Australian biotech firm Starpharma has developed an antiviral compound called VivaGel that laboratory tests have shown can inactivate up to 99.9 per cent of HIV, […]

AIDS researchers fighting to save lives killed in Ukraine crash

After a day of news saturated with images of smoking plane wreckage and reports that perhaps dozens of his fellow HIV researchers heading to the 2014 AIDS conference in Melbourne may have been on board Flight MH17, Richard Elion had to board a […]

Nearly a third of HIV patients are diagnosed too late, data shows

About 30% of patients with HIV are diagnosed well after they should have begun treatment, according to the latest Australian data, suggesting early-testing initiatives have not worked. Despite 88% of the country’s new infections occurring in gay men, unprotected sex […]

WHO urges healthy gay men to take HIV prevention drugs, cites ‘exploding epidemics’

The World Health Organization for the first time on Friday urged all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection, which is seeing a massive increase in that demographic. “We are seeing exploding epidemics,” […]

Mississippi Girl Thought Cured of HIV Shows Signs of Infection

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A Mississippi girl born with HIV who was thought to be cured by immediate and aggressive drug treatment has relapsed, with new tests showing detectable levels of the AIDS-causing virus in her bloodstream, […]

BBC News: HIV re-emerges in 'cured' Mississippi girl

A baby girl in the US born with HIV and believed cured after very early treatment has now been found to still harbour the virus. Tests last week on the four-year-old child from Mississippi indicate she is no longer in […]

Preliminary Findings from Project MedNet: A Study of the Social Networks of African American Men and Women Living with HIV

This presentation will share preliminary findings from Project MedNet, which is a study that aimed to understand how social networks influence the health and wellness of African American men and women living with HIV. The study sought to understand the social network […]

Treatment app for HIV to guide care

Durban – A first-of-its-kind HIV treatment guideline app has been launched. The app, which has been made available by medical scheme Metropolitan Health, with The Open Medical Project of South Africa (Tompsa), is aimed at health care workers. The HIV […]

HIV home-testing kits – which are similar to pregnancy tests – are coming to Australia

Australians will soon be able to test themselves for HIV after the federal government announced that restrictions preventing the manufacture and sale of oral home-testing kits have been lifted. This will enable kits to be sold straight to customers in the […]

Four babies born with HIV ‘cured’, fuelling hopes of AIDS vaccine

FOUR babies born with HIV were apparently cleared of the infection in a major breakthrough fuelling hopes of a cure for AIDS. Details of the Canadian cases will be discussed at an AIDS conference in Melbourne this month. Breakthroughs in […]

Chicago Tribune: HIV rates rise among young gay, bisexual men

More than three decades after the emergence of HIV and AIDS sparked a massive campaign to curb infection, public health officials in Chicago and across the country are worried by a recent uptick in diagnoses of HIV — the precursor […]

Video Games, Social Networks May Help Prevent HIV

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center found that eHealth interventions are associated with reductions in risky sexual behaviors and increases in HIV testing among men who have sex with men. Despite decades of outreach and education efforts that have stabilized […]

Robin Jeffries, Dr.PH – Inconsistent and missing data; A Bayesian approach to handle both simultaneously.

CHIPTS Methods Seminar – UCLA-Semel Institute Center for Community Health Inconsistent and missing data; A Bayesian approach to handle both simultaneously. Robin Jeffries, Dr.PH Adolescent and School Health Unit Division of HIV and STD Programs Los Angeles County Department of […]

NY Times: "Is a Pill Enough to Fight H.I.V?" A dynamic debate about PrEP

New federal guidelines urge gay men and others who have unprotected sex to take a daily dose of the drug Truvada, a regimen called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to curb H.I.V. infections and AIDS. Is promoting the use of the antiviral drug […]

Cure RFI Webinar

  NIH has embarked on an ambitious HIV cure initiative.  While much of the current work is currently basic science-focused, the Institutes have noted the behavioral and social science implications of endeavor.  CHIPTS is excited to explore the behavioral research […]

NY Times: Four Insurers Accused of Discriminating Against People With H.I.V.

The New York Times published an article about four insurers accused of discriminating against people with H.I.V.  To view this article, click here.    

Policy Brief: The Use of HIV Over-the Counter (OTC) test in California from April to September 2013

 

Satya Dandekar, Ph.D. – HIV, Microbiota and Immunity at the Gut Mucosal Interface

UCLA AIDS Institute / CFAR Grand Rounds This monthly lecture series, which is offered by the UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute, consists of hour-long lunchtime lectures, delivered by invited guests or distinguished members of the Institute faculty, on a broad […]

Advocating Pill, U.S. Signals Shift to Prevent AIDS

Federal health officials recommended Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill that has been shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it. If broadly followed, the advice could transform AIDS […]

Adam King, Ph.D. candidate – Bayesian Analysis of Episodic Substance Abuse Data

Bayesian Analysis of Episodic Substance Abuse Data Adam King, Ph.D. candidate Department of Biostatistics UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Supporting, Engaging and Partnering with Youth in LA to address HIV

Mia Humphrey & Daniel Solis – Supporting, Engaging and Partnering with Youth in Los Angeles County to address HIV This presentation will explore the role of social determinants of health in response to concerns regarding the HIV continuum of care […]

Ofer Harel, Ph.D. – Re-thinking study design for HIV prevention trials

Abstract: There is a strong push to conduct large-scale randomized controlled study designs in HIV prevention studies. In these randomized controlled studies, the primary research objective is typically to determine the treatment effect based on some biological outcome (e.g. HIV […]

Behavioral Economics & HIV Intervention Research Seminar

 Drs. Thomas Rice (UCLA Public Health) and Arleen Leibowitz (CHIPTS Policy Core Director & UCLA Public Affairs) will provide a state-of-the-science overview and discuss possible HIV intervention applications.

Dan J. Stein, Ph.D. – Research Collaborations with Developing Countries: An African Perspective

UCLA AIDS Institute/CFAR Grand Rounds This monthly lecture series, which is offered by the UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute, consists of hour-long lunchtime lectures, delivered by invited guests or distinguished members of the Institute faculty, on a broad range of […]

H.I.V.’s Grip on the American South

This New Yorker article describes the often underreported H.IV. epidemic plaguing the American South.  For the full article, click here.  

New Vaccination Recommendations for LA MSM At-Risk for Invasive Meningococcal Disease

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) issued new recommendations today for vaccinating against invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) after a recently-identified increase in cases.  The press release reads: “Public Health has now confirmed a total of eight […]

Can a transplant drug help eliminate lingering HIV infections?

Researchers have discovered that a immune supressant drug used with transplantation patients may help destroy latent HIV reservoirs.  Read the LA Times article to learn more about this innovative “kick and kill” approach.  

Deadly L.A.-area meningitis outbreak raises concerns in gay community

A meningitis outbreak has hit the Los Angeles gay community.  MSM (particularly those who are  HIV+) seem to be at highest risk for this rare but serious bacterial infection.  Read more in this LA Times article.  

Arleen Leibowitz Explains "Cost Effectiveness"

CHIPTS Policy Director Dr. Arleen Leibowitz discusses cost effectiveness analysis and outcomes in the context of HIV prevention.  Click here to review her presentation.

NY Times Article: The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists

Does bisexuality exist?   What is it like to come out as bisexual?  This New York Times Magazine article “The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists” explores the surprisingly controversial subject.    

CDC Reports Woman-to-woman HIV Transmission

The New York Times details the CDC’s recent report of a rare woman-to-woman HIV transmission.  While uncommon, it is still possible for women to infect each other.  This news is reminder that preventative measures are important for every regardless of […]

David Wilson – The End of AIDS: The Road to Implementation

David Wilson Director, Global HIV/AIDS Program The World Bank “The End of AIDS: The Road to Implementation”

Colloquium: Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH – How to Leverage Training, Technology, and the ‘Third Sector’ to Improve the Triple Aim and Upstream Drivers of Health

March 13, 2014 – Dr. Rishi Manchanda, President/Founder of HealthBegins, presented on the potential role of social determinants of health in improving the triple aim – i.e. better healthcare quality, population health outcomes, and lower costs. The presentation provided examples […]

Curious about PrEP, a prevention strategy that can reduce risk of HIV infection by up to 99 percent?

Learn more by watching, “PrEParing for HIV: An Epidemic Interventions Initiative by the University of California.” HIV/AIDS researchers at the University of California explain how pre-exposure prophylaxis works, and young men share their stories about taking a daily dose of Truvada to preserve their […]

Keep abreast of breaking news in HIV/AIDS research

Stream and view slides from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2104 by going to  http://www.croiwebcasts.org    

Injections Providing Protection Against AIDS in Monkeys, Studies Find

  BOSTON — Researchers are reporting that injections of long-lasting AIDS drugs protected monkeys for weeks against infection, a finding that could lead to a major breakthrough in preventing the disease in humans. Two studies by different laboratory groups each […]

Early Treatment Is Found to Clear H.I.V. in a 2nd Baby

BOSTON — When scientists made the stunning announcement last year that a baby born with H.I.V. had apparently been cured through aggressive drug treatment just 30 hours after birth, there was immediate skepticism that the child had been infected in […]

Flexible Response to Calif. Budget Crisis Preserved HIV Testing

New research from a team led by CHIPTS Policy Director and Public Policy research professor Arleen Leibowitz shows that local health jurisdictions were able to maintain HIV testing near to pre-recession levels despite a substantial reduction in funding during California’s […]

Kathy Sanders-Phillips, Ph.D. – HIV/AIDS Risk in South Africa

presentation slides Kathy Sanders-Phillips, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pediatrics Howard University College of Medicine George Washington University “HIV/AIDS Risk in South Africa-Implications for Research in the U.S.”

Activist With HIV Fights To End Stigma

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines. Reed Vreeland was born with HIV, which means he has struggled for most […]

Nathalia Holt, Ph.D. – Chasing a Cure: The story of the Berlin Patients

UCLA CFAR/AIDS Institute Special Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds Nathalia Holt, Ph.D. Author of, “Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science” “Chasing a Cure: The Story of the Berlin Patients”  

Cyber Mentors Protégés Call for Applications

Submissions Accepted until March 9, 2014 Midnight To Apply Click here Information for Protégés Applying to APA Cyber Mentors Program APA Cyber Mentors protégés participate in a two-year, e-collaboration and distance learning mentorship program designed to prepare doctoral-level behavioral and social […]

Innovative Use of Technology for HIV Prevention and Care: Evidence, Challenges, and the Way Forward

On January 23, 2014, UCLA CHIPTS hosted a one-day conference on the innovative use of technology for HIV prevention and care at the California Endowment in Los Angeles.  This event was a collaborative activity of the Combination Prevention Core, Policy […]

Naihua Duan, Ph.D. – Single patient (n=1) trials

For a copy of the slides, please click here CHIPTS Cross-Core Meeting Keynote Address Single-patient (n-of-1) trial: A pragmatic clinical decision methodology for patient-centered comparative effectiveness research Naihua Duan, Ph.D. Division of Biostatistics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Monday, January […]

Dr. Paul Edward Sax – The Most Important Studies in HIV Medicine in the Past Year, and Why

For a copy of the slides, please click here UCLA CFAR/AIDS Institute Grand Rounds This monthly lecture series, which is offered by the UCLA CFAR / AIDS Institute, consists of hour-long lunchtime lectures, delivered by invited guests or distinguished members […]

A Resisted Pill to Prevent H.I.V.

SAN FRANCISCO — Over a cup of tea at a downtown Starbucks, Michael Rubio recalled how four friends became H.I.V. positive through unprotected sex, all within a year. The news shocked Mr. Rubio, a 28-year-old gay man, into trying a controversial new […]

2014 Pilot Awards

The Development Core of CHIPTS is pleased to announce the 2014 CHIPTS Pilot grants have been awarded, anticipating funding as of February, 2014 from the National Institute of Mental Health.  The program aims to prepare CHIPTS researchers and its collaborative […]

CHIPTS welcomes Amy Ragsdale as the new Executive Director

We are excited to have Amy join our team to provide leadership and strengthen our collaborations across our cores and with our community partners. Click here for more information about Amy.

Poor Black and Hispanic Men Are the Face of H.I.V.

The AIDS epidemic in America is rapidly becoming concentrated among poor, young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men. Despite years of progress in preventing and treating H.I.V. in the middle class, the number of new infections nationwide […]

Marrow Transplants Fail to Cure Two H.I.V. Patients

Two patients in Boston whom doctors hoped they had cured of both H.I.V. and cancer through bone-marrow transplants have seen their H.I.V. return, researchers said Friday. Although there was never an expectation that risky bone-marrow transplants would soon be a routine treatment for H.I.V., […]

Obama Launches HIV Cure Initiative, Ups Pledge For Global Health

Commemorating the 25th World AIDS Day a day late, President Obama announced an initiative Monday to find a cure for HIV infections that would be funded by $100 million shifted from existing spending. “The United States should be at the […]

WHO Sorry Over Greece HIV Injection Claims

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been forced to backtrack after wrongly claiming Greeks were intentionally infecting themselves with HIV to claim benefits. WHO said HIV rates had risen “significantly” in the debt-ridden country, with “about half” of new HIV […]

South Africa child support grants 'protect from HIV'

Government grants in South Africa are helping poor girls resist the advances of older men, reducing the risk of getting HIV, a study says. The Oxford University study found that girls from homes which received child support grants were two-thirds […]

Sex workers using anti-HIV drugs instead of condoms

In Kenya 1.5 million people are living with HIV, and there are about 100,000 new infections every year. Despite this, some sex workers are having unprotected sex – and taking antiretroviral drugs afterwards to cut the infection risk. How reckless […]

How the ACA will affect people with HIV and AIDS

The Affordable Care Act will broaden health care coverage for many of the 1.1 million Americans infected with HIV, especially those who live in the 25 states and the District of Columbia that have opted to expand Medicaid. In those […]

Major setback for AIDS cure: Study finds reservoir of hidden HIV bigger than once thought

Over the past decade, scientists have made incredible strides in the field of HIV research – leading to the development of numerous medications that can effectively manage the disease and provide patients with a near normal life expectancy.   But […]

A Toddler Remains HIV-Free, Raising Hope For Babies Worldwide

A 3-year-old girl born in Mississippi with HIV acquired from her mother during pregnancy remains free of detectable virus at least 18 months after she stopped taking antiviral pills. New results on this child, published online by the New England Journal […]

‘Couples’ HIV screenings becoming more popular

SEATTLE – A growing HIV testing program is rebelling against a culture of medical privacy by screening gay couples together. While traditional HIV testing is done individually and in private, Testing Together allows men in relationships to learn their HIV status with […]

Joint Modeling of Incomplete Data with Diverse Variable Types using Latent-Variable Models

CHIPTS Methods Seminar – UCLA-Semel Institute Center for Community Health Joint Modeling of Incomplete Data with Diverse Variable Types using Latent-Variable Models Presented by: Thomas R. Belin, Ph.D. Professor, UCLA Department of Biostatistics Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2pm – 3pm Abstract: […]

In Russia, New HIV Strain Spreading Rapidly

It’s the 1980s in Russia. A scientific research center in Siberia said Wednesday that it discovered a new strain of HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — and that it is spreading throughout Russia “at a rapid rate,” RIA Novosti […]

Elton John AIDS Foundation honors Hillary Clinton with first founders award

EW YORK — Elton John honored Hillary Rodham Clinton for her work to help those affected by HIV and AIDS at an annual event for his foundation. Clinton was excited as she accepted the first founders award from the Elton […]

Cats may be key to HIV vaccine

There have been numerous studies showing how dogs can benefit human health, by sniffing out cancer, for example. Now it is time for cats to shine, as researchers say they may hold the key to a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) […]

Foot cream kills HIV by tricking cells to commit suicide

A common drug that dermatologists prescribe to treat nail fungus appears to come with a not-so-tiny side effect: eradicating HIV. In a study performed at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, not only does the drug Ciclopirox completely eradicate infectious HIV […]

UNAIDS: HIV infection rate down 33 percent worldwide since 2001

The global rate of new HIV infections among adults and children has fallen by 33 percent since 2001, according to a new report that touts major progress against HIV transmission to kids. Among children specifically, there were 260,000 new infections […]

Gene discovery could lead to more types of HIV treatments

Scientists have identified a gene which they say may have the ability to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from spreading after it enters the body. In an early-stage study in the journal Nature, researchers said the gene, called MX2, […]

Vaccine 'clears HIV-like virus' in monkeys

Research published in the journal Nature has shown that vaccinated monkeys can clear Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) infection from their bodies. It was effective in nine of the 16 monkeys that were inoculated. The US scientists say they now want to use […]

Clinical Trials of PrEP in Los Angeles

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a method to prevent HIV infection among those who are HIV-negative. PrEP involves the use of antiretroviral medications by those who are HIV-negative to reduce the risk of HIV infection via sexual transmission. A number […]

Rapid HIV test approved by FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a pioneering rapid HIV test that can simultaneously detect HIV-1 p24 antigen as well as antibodies to both HIV Type 1 and Type 2. As well as providing faster diagnosis of HIV infection, […]

Colloquium: Covered California and HIV in LA County: Getting Everyone on the Same Page

August 8, 2013 – Mr. Tom Donohoe, Director of the UCLA Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, presented on the Affordable Care Act.  The presentation was given as part of the HIV Community and Research Colloquia Series hosted by the […]

Billboards urging gay black men to get HIV-tested prompt controversy

Last year in South Los Angeles, billboards overlooking Crenshaw Boulevard showed two shirtless black men standing and embracing each other on a beach. “Our Love is Worth Protecting …. We Get Tested,” read the sign. The ads, 10 in total, […]

U.S. Congress Moves Closer to Lifting Ban on Transplanting Organs From HIV-Positive Donors

A U.S. House of Representatives committee this week unanimously approved a bill approving transplants using organs taken from people infected with HIV. The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act would lift a nearly 3-decade-old federal ban on such transplants and allow […]

Group Combats HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia with Community Conversations

Click here for full article Persuading a people to let go of their traditions can be as difficult as bending steel but KMG-Ethiopia has been successful at doing just that. The organization began community conversations to stop dangerous cultural practices […]

New peer-led intervention helps individuals with HIV adhere to their treatment plans

Click here for full article Individuals diagnosed with HIV nowadays can live long, healthy lives if they follow their medical treatment plans; however, nearly half of individuals with the virus fail to get needed medical help or to continue treatment, according […]

Los Angeles Women’s HIV/AIDS Task Force 7th Annual HIV Treatment Summit.

The Los Angeles Women’s HIV/AIDS Task Force is celebrating their 7th Annual HIV Treatment Summit.   The Total Woman: HIV and Beyond Wednesday July 24, 2013 California Endowment 1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012   See attached flyer […]

Getting to Wellness: A Roadmap for Improving the Health of Transgender Individuals in Los Angeles County

  In response to HIV prevention priorities conveyed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP), CHIPTS recently convened an independent time-limited consortium to identify best practices and potential models to address […]

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Confirms Cutback to the Infectious Deseases Division

Fri, May 10 | By James F. Mills on http://www.wehoville.com Hospital officials at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, Calif., have confirmed “some cutbacks” to the Infectious Diseases Division (IDD), which were originally announced internally in December 2012. These cuts will include HIV specialists […]

Program allows teens to text their sex questions

MONTREAL — To put it bluntly, talking to teenagers about sex is awkward. But one Montreal group will try to engage the city’s youth in a serious discussion about sexuality — not in a classroom or through the use of […]

Study shows PrEP Does Not Lead to Increases in Risky Sex Among Gay Men

Taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Numbers of sexual partners fell, […]

Planned Parenthood Encourages Young People to 'GYT' in April

“Get Yourself Tested” — New Data Shows 20 Million STIs Occur Each Year Planned Parenthood, MTV, and the Kaiser Family Foundation Collaborate for STD Awareness Month New York–(ENEWSPF)–April 1, 2013.  Planned Parenthood is kicking off the fifth annual GYT: Get […]

International Standards on drug Use Prevention

In March the UN Office on Drug Control released the International Standards on drug Use Prevention which can be found at: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/prevention/prevention-standards.html.  Below is the introductory statement.   Prevention strategies based on scientific evidence working with families, schools, and communities […]

UNAIDS and other health organizations support new TB and HIV initiative in Africa

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé joined health leaders from Africa and other international organizations to support a new push to accelerate progress against tuberculosis and HIV. The initiative was unveiled at a press briefing in Johannesburg, South Africa on 20 […]

UCLA Health, Hope & Healing (H3) Conference Presentations

In January, Dr John Williams hosted the 2nd Annual Conference “Health, Hope and Healing (H3): A National Conference on HIV among Black MSM and MSMW”, in collaboration with NAESM. All the presentations from the conference are now available ONLINE To […]

National Youth HIV + AIDS Awareness Day

What is NYHAAD? National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is a HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment among youth ages 12-25 in the United States. This campaign […]

Functional Cure for HIV-Infected Infant After Very Early Treatment

By Warren Tong From TheBodyPRO.com   A 26-month-old infant girl born in Mississippi has been functionally cured of HIV, according to results presented at CROI 2013 in Atlanta. According to lead author Deborah Persaud, M.D., the infant was treated very early, within […]

AIDS group wants L.A. to break with county health department

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a longtime critic of the county’s health bureaucracy, has begun gathering signatures for a 2014 city ballot measure. By Kate Linthicum and Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times March 10, 2013 A nonprofit group that delivers services […]

Fewer CD4s at HIV Diagnosis Tied to Higher Risk of non-AIDS Deaths

20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, March 3-6, 2013, Atlanta Mark Mascolini A lower CD4 count at HIV diagnosis raised the risk of death from non-AIDS cancer, non-AIDS infections, cardiovascular disease, and AIDS in a 5743-person analysis of the […]

HIV 'cure' in toddler offers 'global hope'

By Jen Christensen, CNN Tue March 5, 2013   (CNN) — The case of the first toddler ever to be “functionally cured” of HIV could have wide-ranging effects on the global fight to end the AIDS epidemic. “If we can replicate this in other […]

Report Details HIV/AIDS Efforts in NYC From 2009 to 2011

Deaths from HIV/AIDS in New York City have declined faster than other causes of death in the city, according to Living Healthy 2009–2011, a report by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They’re down 17.9 percent since 2009 […]

Anti-HIV drug effort in South Africa yields dramatic results

Two studies find that an expensive antiretroviral drug campaign in rural KwaZulu-Natal province has reduced risk and extended life expectancy by more than 11 years. By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times February 21, 2013   An intensive campaign to combat […]

Sex Diseases Cost $16 Billion a Year to Treat, CDC Says

Bloomberg     (02.14.13):: Elizabeth Lopatto CDC reported that it costs the United States $16 billion annually to treat eight STDs—HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV). CDC’s most recent comprehensive data (2008) estimates there are 19.7 […]

Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents

What’s New in the Guidelines? (Last updated:2/12/2013; last reviewed:2/12/2013) Printer-Friendly Files Section Only PDF (96 KB) Full Guideline PDF (1.21 MB) Recommendations Only PDF (88.9 KB) Tables Only PDF (563 KB) The following key changes were made to update the March 28, 2012, version […]

Obama Seeks 'AIDS-Free Generation' in State of the Union

President Barack Obama included AIDS in his first State of the Union speech after his reelection: “In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate […]

CHIPTS Investigator in the News: Social media may prove useful in prevention of HIV, STDs, study shows

By Enrique Rivero February 06, 2013 Facebook and other social networking technologies could serve as effective tools for preventing HIV infection among at-risk groups, new UCLA research suggests. In a study published in the February issue of the peer-reviewed journal Sexually Transmitted […]

AIDS United Announces Investments in 6 Puerto Rico Organizations for HIV Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON.  January 30, 2013 – Thanks to $155K in grant investments from AIDS United, six community-based organizations in Puerto Rico will have expanded capacity for vital HIV prevention services in one of the most disproportionately-affected areas in the United States […]

Health Centers Not Routinely Testing for HIV

  By David Pittman, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today Published: January 15, 2013 WASHINGTON — Only one in five federally funded safety-net health centers reported testing all patients ages 13 to 64 for HIV, despite a 7-year-old CDC recommendation to do so, […]

Februrary 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora. There are four specific focal points: education, testing, involvement, and treatment. Educationally, the focus […]

Predicting survival among those aging with HIV infection

By Helen Dodson January 28, 201 YaleNews.com A new collaborative study led by Yale, the VA Healthcare System, and the North American Cohort Collaboration supports the accuracy of an index used for predicting mortality as patients with HIV age. The […]

Co-Pay Programs for HIV Antiviral Medications

A unique industry public-private partnership aimed at streamlining access to HIV medicines through the use of a Common Patient Assistance Program Application developed in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 6 industry partners. This form […]

Colloquium: History of Preventative HIV Vaccine Studies

February 2, 2013 CHIPTS hosts a monthly HIV Research and Community Colloquia Series in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV to highlight current issues and conversations surrounding HIV. Click here for past lectures and check out the events page for more information on […]

Free condoms to be available in local high schools

By Jane Northrop Pacifica Tribune Staff Writer The Jefferson Union High School District board of trustees unanimously approved making condoms available in the high schools last Tuesday. The conceptual policy is being drafted by staff and will be presented to […]

Counseling Helps HIV Patients Stick to Treatment

By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today Published: January 29, 2013 HIV patients receiving a year-long counseling program on problem solving showed better adherence to drug therapy in a randomized study, researchers said. In the 180-patient trial, those assigned to the […]

Arizona bill seeks felony charge for intentionally exposing others to HIV, STDs

by Cronkite News PHOENIX– A House Democrat wants to make it a felony to intentionally expose others to sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis. “If you know you’re infectious, you should not be spreading that around no […]

Possible ‘Achilles Heel’ of Key HIV Replication Protein

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24, 2013 – Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine may have found an “Achilles heel” in a key HIV protein. In findings published online today in Chemistry and Biology, they showed that targeting this vulnerable spot could stop […]

How to Survive a Plague

Journalist-turned-filmmaker David France unveils the courageous story of the activists and scientists who fought, sometimes with each other, to find a way to stop HIV from being a death sentence in “How to Survive a Plague,” a U.S. Documentary Competition […]

Thinner Syringes May Reduce Risk of H.I.V.

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.  Published: January 21, 2013   A study suggests encouraging drug abusers to use thin syringes, which retain less fluid and the virus it may contain. Distributing “low-dead-space syringes” to addicts could substantially lessen H.I.V.transmission among them, a new […]

UNAIDS launches e-consultation to ensure AIDS remains central in the Post-2015 Agenda

23 January 2013 The international community is in the midst of negotiating the next global development agenda. This new roadmap is to be put in place after 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals will have reached their target date. In […]

Mount Sinai Summer Institute for NeuroAIDS Disparities: SCHOLAR GRANT REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

Mount Sinai Summer Institute for NeuroAIDS Disparities MSINAD SCHOLAR GRANT REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS Background: Racial and ethnic minorities (REM) constitute a disproportionate majority infected by HIV in the United States. There is need for capacity in medical science to study […]

Publication: How Recruitment and Data Collection Methods Affect MSM of Color

ABSTRACT: HIV-1 infection disproportionally affects African-American and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM). Their inclusion in biomedical and behavioral research is critical to understanding and addressing HIV vulnerability. Using focus groups, we sought to understand the perceptions related […]

New handheld mobile device performs laboratory-quality HIV testing

WASHINGTON | January 21, 2013 New research shows that a handheld mobile device can check patients’ HIV status with just a finger prick, and synchronize the results in real time with electronic health records. The research, appearing online Jan 18. in Clinical […]

Scientists claim new breakthrough in HIV research

WASHINGTON: Researchers have decoded a system that renders certain types of immune cells impervious to HIV infection, paving way for its possible eradication from the body. The researchers say the discovery points toward a new approach to eradicating HIV from the body, […]

30 HIV patients found in Vancouver pilot project

A pilot project at Vancouver hospitals that tests patients for HIV on admission has found more than 30 people with the disease in its first year. Under the program launched in October of 2011, four area hospitals began offering HIV […]

CCH/HSRC Methods Seminar: "Spreading the Love, Nothing Else" Presented by Ramin Bastani

What is Qpid.me? A free, simple way to obtain, securely store and privately share your HIV/STD results. We aim to make that always awkward, “um, have you been tested” situation a little easier by letting you have your STD results […]

Controversy Over Closure of Florida AIDS Clinic

The sudden closure of the AIDS Resource Council, a prominent Fort Myers-based organization treating hundreds of HIV-positive patients, was something of a messy one. Maybe most troubling to area health care providers is the fact that no one knows for […]

National Survey of Teens and Young Adults on HIV/AIDS: Summary of Findings (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Summary of Findings NATIONAL SURVEY OF TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS ON HIV/AIDS Kaiser Family Foundation November 2012 There are more than 1.1 million people in the United States living with HIV today, more than at any time in the history […]

CHIPTS Affiliate, Dr. Brandon Brown, Writes About HPV and it's Role in the Aquisition of HIV

The Role of Human Papillomavirus in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Acquisition in Men who Have Sex with Men: A Review of the Literature Brandon Brown, Mariam Davtyan, Jerome Galea, Erica Chow, Segundo Leon, and Jeffrey D. Klausner Abstract: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) […]

CHIPTS Core Director Raphael Landovitz: The doctor's in, on Twitter (LA TIMES)

By Karen Ravn, LATimes.com  Twitter. A popular online social network? Yes. A vital tool for medical research? Maybe. “Until now, healthcare providers have primarily used online networks as a promotional tool,” says Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social […]

New Study about the Origins of HIV

Evidence for selection at HIV host susceptibility genes in a West Central African human population Kai Zhao, Yasuko Ishida, Taras K Oleksyk, Cheryl A Winkler and Alfred L Roca Background HIV-1 derives from multiple independent transfers of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) strains from chimpanzees to […]

Special edition of American Journal of Preventative Medicine focuses on PrEP

        The American Journal of Preventive Medicine released a special supplemental issue this week titled, “Implementing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in the US: Moving from Evidence to Practice”. CDC’s Dr. Dawn Smith served as a senior editor on […]

Estimating the Population Size of Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States to Obtain HIV and Syphilis Rates

HIV surveillance data among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Injection Drug Users (IDU) Surveillance is the foundation of the nation’s HIV prevention efforts. It is critical to have accurate population estimates in order to better understand the […]

New Office in U.S. to Fight AIDS

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. at NYTimes.com Ambassador Eric Goosby, the Obama administration’s global AIDS czar, was named to lead a new Office of Global Health Diplomacy on Friday, the State Department said. Dr. Goosby will continue to head Pepfar, the President’s Emergency Plan for […]

L.I.F.E. Project Young Gay Men of Color 18-24

L.I.F.E. Project HIV Prevention Group for Young Gay Men of Color ages 18-24. This group is for youth that are seeking a safe space where they can be themselves. This intervention addresses issues and social norms in the Los Angeles […]

KENYA: Media still need training on HIV

CLICK HERE  to read original article at plusnews.org Plague. Killer disease. All are terms still routinely used by Kenya’s media to describe the HIV epidemic more than thirty years after it was first identified. Experts say the media needs to […]

Advisory panel moves to make HIV testing routine

By Julie Steenhuysen at Reuters.com CHICAGO (Reuters) – An influential U.S. panel has called for routine HIV screening for all Americans aged 15 to 65, a change that could help reduce some of the stigma about getting tested for the sexually […]

Couples HIV testing and counselling prompts rapid switch to consistent condom use in South African study

Carole Leach-Lemens from aidsmap.com HIV testing and counselling of couples quickly led to consistent condom use among serodiscordant couples in stable relationships in South Africa, researchers report in the advance online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.  In […]

40 CEOs call on countries to lift HIV travel bans

Deportation. Detention. Barred entry. These are just some of the scenarios that people with HIV have to deal with when it comes to international travel. By Emily Jane Fox from money.cnn.com Now, CEOs from 40 well-known companies are calling for […]

Intervention improved appointment attendance in HIV clinics

An intervention in which posters, brochures and brief messages were used in HIV-specialty clinics to encourage patients to come in for their appointments improved clinic attendance among those with HIV, according to recent study data. “Improving retention of HIV-infected patients […]

Apps to Find HIV/AIDS Prevention and Service Providers

click here to read the article on blog.aids.gov Little is more powerful than taking action to find or help someone else find services for his/her health. Last year on World AIDS Day, people conducted  over 60,000 searches, 30% of which […]

New York: Jamaica center will use grant to fight HIV in the transgender community

By Rich Bockmann   Although HIV/AIDS rates have generally been on the decline, transgender women of color are still at alarmingly high risk of contracting the disease, although one Jamaica health clinic is hoping a new funding stream will allow […]

CDC Reports: HIV Diagnoses Among U.S. Hispanics Vary By Region

By Robert Preidt Hispanic Americans are diagnosed with HIV infection nearly three times as often as whites, but rates and causes differ by region, a new study finds. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. For the study, researchers analyzed […]

Call For Applications: Fordham University HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute

Fordham University HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute Summer Training and Mentored Research Program for Early Career HIV Prevention and Drug Use Investigators July 7 – 17, 2013 Fordham University Center for Ethics Education, New York City Funded by the […]

Condom Use Drops When Young Women Use Hormonal Contraceptives

The use of condoms together with other forms of contraception (dual-method use) reduces the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Researchers conducted a prospective year-long study of 1,194 sexually active women aged 15–24 years who were clients at […]

Inmates with HIV Often Stop Care After Release

By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today Published: October 22, 2012 SAN DIEGO – Only slightly more than one–third of HIV-positive inmates linked to care in jail remain on treatment once they are released, a researcher reported. “We have some […]

PreP for Injecting Drug Users- a Review

By: Stefan D. Barala, Susanne Stromdahla, and Chris Beyrera Purpose of review Oral preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has shown HIV preventive efficacy for several key populations at risk for HIV infection including MSM and heterosexual men and women in HIV serodiscordant relationships. […]

Next-generation oral preexposure prophylaxis: beyond tenofovir

by Bisrat K. Abraham and Roy Gulick   Purpose of review Clinical trials of oral preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) have focused on regimens of tenofovir (TDF) with or without emtricitabine (FTC). However, TDF may be associated with toxicities (renal, bone), and […]

New Resource Highlights Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

blog.AIDS.gov     (10.17.12):: Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Ron Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of […]

UNDP-led HIV/AIDS education programme for Thai police

by: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/ BANGKOK: — As many as 10,000 junior Thai police officers per year will soon receive education on HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination due to a new partnership signed today, by the Royal Thai Police, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), […]

The Health Care Question: After the November election, what happens next?

Do you know what each candidate has planned for health care if elected, and how it’s relevant to the HIV/AIDS community? David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, published an article in Positively Aware about […]

Stopping the Spread of HIV Among Latinos

By Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., FFPH, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC In observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day  on October 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report […]

Methadone Treatment for Addicts Is Linked to Lower H.I.V. Risk

Offering methadone treatment to drug addicts substantially reduces the risk that they will get H.I.V. or give it to anyone else, a new study has found. The study, published online on Oct. 4 by the British journal BMJ, pooled data from studies done […]

Another Use for Rapid Home H.I.V. Test: Screening Sexual Partners

NY Times By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.   Some experts said the OraQuick test’s $40 price would prevent many people from using it to screen partners. But some experts and advocates say that another use, unadvertised, for the OraQuick test […]

HIV Therapy Helps Reduce Risk of Non-AIDS Illnesses

Though non-AIDS-related health complications are still common among people living with HIV, data from a Spanish cohort suggest that the incidence of these problems has dropped and that CD4 cell gains and viral load reductions associated with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy […]

Cure-Focused Grants Support Intriguing New Research

A recurring theme in HIV cure research is the barrier presented by latent HIV infection. Current antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce active virus growth to undetectable levels. But there remains an extremely stable reservoir of virus invulnerable to attack by […]

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports $14.2 Million in Awards to 8 States to Improve HIV Testing and Engagement in Care

By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CLICK HERE  to read the article on blog.AIDS.gov The CDC announced that eight state […]

OraQuick In-Home HIV Test Available To Buy Online

OraSure Technologies has begun online sales of its OraQuick In-Home HIV Test. The single-use test costs $39.99 on the OraQuick website and is expected to be available soon for over-the-counter sales in retail locations such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart. […]