Projects

A Comprehensive Community-Based Strategy to Optimize the HIV Prevention and Treatment Continuum for Youth at HIV Risk, Acutely Infected and With Established HIV Infection

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Ph.D. (mrotheram@mednet.ucla.edu)
HAZRA, ROHAN (hazrar@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT/ FY Total Cost by IC: $3,738,607

Abstract: America’s increasing HIV epidemic among youth aged 12-24 and our concurrent failure to identify, link to care, and achieve viral suppression among youth living with HIV (YLH) suggests the need to identify novel community-based strategies to leverage gateways and settings where high risk and infected youth can be engaged in HIV prevention and treatment.

Populations Transgender Adherence Youth and Adolescents HIV+ Comorbidities Education Topic Homelessness MSM HIV - STDs and STIs HIV Prevention HIV status

A Comprehensive Community-based Strategy to Optimize the HIV Prevention and Treatment Continuum for Youth At HIV Risk, Acutely Infected and with Established HIV Infection

Dallas Swendeman (dswendeman@mednet.ucla.edu)
Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane (MRotheram@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC: EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT/ FY Total Cost by IC: $2,429,844

Abstract: America’s increasing HIV epidemic among youth aged 12-24 and our concurrent failure to identify, link to care, and achieve viral suppression among youth living with HIV (YLH) suggests the need to identify novel community-based strategies to leverage gateways and settings where high risk and infected youth can be engaged in HIV prevention and treatment.

Youth and Adolescents Adults Populations Risk Topic HIV Prevention

A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Antiretroviral Treatment Adherence Intervention for HIV+ African Americans

Laura Bogart (laura_bogart@rand.org)
HENRY, REBECCA (rebecca.henry@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH/ FY Total Cost by IC:$647,915

Abstract:  Compared to Whites, Black people living with HIV are less likely to adhere to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and be virally suppressed. Our research has identified culturally relevant factors contributing to disparities among HIV-positive Black Americans, including stigma and medical mistrust (e.g., “conspiracy beliefs,” that ART is poison),

Adults Topic Living with HIV People of Color (POC) Adherence HIV status Populations HIV+

A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Antiretroviral Treatment Adherence Intervention for HIV+ African Americans

Laura Bogart (laura_bogart@rand.org)
PERRUCCIO, ELIZABETH M (perruccioem@mail.nih.gov)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH/ FY Total Cost by IC:$678,640

Abstract: Compared to Whites, Black people living with HIV are less likely to adhere to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and be virally suppressed. Our research has identified culturally relevant factors contributing to disparities among HIV-positive Black Americans, including stigma and medical mistrust (e.g., “conspiracy beliefs,” that ART is poison),

People of Color (POC) Populations Risk Topic HIV Prevention Mental Health Education

A Social Network Analysis of HIV Treatment Partners in Botswana

Laura Bogart (laura_bogart@rand.org)
ALVIDREZ, JENNIFER L (alvidrezjl@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/ FY Total Cost by IC: $137,315

Abstract: With nearly a fifth of the population living with HIV, Botswana has one of the highest HIV prevalences in the world. Low-cost, scalable interventions are essential to support people living with HIV (PLWH) to adhere to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and remain in care. One such intervention is the use of treatment/adherence partners,

Technology HIV+ Adults HIV status People of Color (POC) Populations Global Impact Adherence Topic

A.S.K.-PrEP Program (Assistance Services Knowledge-PrEP)

Cathy Reback
active
local

Abstract: The A.S.K.-PrEP (Assistance Services Knowledge-PrEP) program works with extremely high-risk HIV-negative trans women and men who have sex with men to link participants into PrEP medical services. A.S.K.-PrEP consists of individualized, client-centered PrEP navigation sessions to assess PrEP readiness, assess barriers to PrEP initiation and/or adherence,

Transgender HIV status Biomedical Populations MSM HIV Prevention PreP and nPEP Topic HIV - Adherence

Adapting the Hope Social Media Intervention to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

SEAN YOUNG (sdyoung@mednet.ucla.edu)
LLOYD, JACQUELINE (lloydj2@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $169,527

Abstract:  This proposal seeks to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of applying the Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE) intervention, or peer support social media community model, to reduce prescription drug abuse among chronic opioid non-cancer pain patients. Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in recent years.

HIV status HIV - Populations Adherence Substance Use Topic Technology Education

Adolescent Trajectories for Homelessness and Risk for HIV

Norweeta Milburn (nmilburn@mednet.ucla.edu)
Dallas Swendeman (dswendeman@mednet.ucla.edu)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH/ FY Total Cost by IC:$792,640
Abstract: A number of studies have informed us about the substantial risk for HIV associated with chronic homelessness among youth in both the U.S. and Australia, even though these studies have typically been cross-sectional or samples of convenience. To understand the high seroprevalence rates among older homeless youth, the developmental trajectories into and out of risk for HIV and homelessness can best be understood from longitudinal studies of First Time Runaways (FTR).
Risk Youth and Adolescents Topic HIV status Populations Homelessness Global Impact HIV -

Adolescent Trials Network (ATN): Analytic Core

W. Scott Comulada (wcomulada@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC: EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT / FY Total Cost by IC:$502,513

Abstract:  HIV interventions call for more advanced analytic approaches than traditional HIV studies have used. HIV prevention and treatment research trials have traditionally been conducted in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) framework where study participants, often recruited from social service agencies, are randomized into an intervention or standard of care condition and followed over time.

Youth and Adolescents Technology Topic Populations HIV+ HIV status HIV - Adherence

Ai Shi Zi

Thomas J. Coates
completed
international

Ai Shi Zi is a five-year NIMH-funded prevention and treatment study, the goal of which is to teach physicians how to enhance prevention and care for HIV and STIs. Because HIV and STIs are closely linked, prevention requires both state-of-the-art treatment and changes in sexual behavior. This study aims to teach physicians how to focus on both of these elements.

Topic HIV+ STDs and STIs HIV Prevention Living with HIV Comorbidities Education HIV - HIV status Populations

An integrated incentive-based treatment to optimize HIV treatment engagement among persons who use methamphetamine

Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC:$205,740

Abstract: The objective of this K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award is to assist the candidate in acquiring expertise and methodological skills to become an independent implementation science investigator focused on integrated substance use disorder and HIV care practices. The objective of the candidate’s research is two-fold: to reduce the detrimental impact of methamphetamine use while simultaneously supporting engagement in HIV care.

Topic Risk HIV Prevention Researcher Program Adherence

An mHealth Platform for Health Care Workers to Link South Africans to HIV Care

W. Scott Comulada
active
local

Abstract:  The South African National Development Plan recognizes the value of health care delivery models such as home based counselling and testing (HBCT) by aiming to train between 700,000 and 1.3 million community health workers (CHW) to implement community-based health care by 2030. The CHW role include working with households to facilitate access and linkage to primary health care facilities,

Global Impact HIV+ Adults Populations Topic Education HIV status

Angola – Acceptability of Handheld Computers to Collect Self-reported Sexual Behavior Data in Angola

completed
international
Acceptability of Handheld Computers to Collect Self-reported Sexual Behavior Data in Angola

This study evaluates the cultural acceptability and cost-effectiveness of using handheld computers to collect sexual behavior data, in order to reduce disparities in access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care services in Angola, a country severely impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Populations Topic Technology HIV Prevention Global Impact HIV - Stigma Reduction HIV status Adults

Assessing Sexual Social Networks of Black and Hispanic MSM/Ws in Los Angeles County

Steven Shoptaw
Steven Shoptaw
completed
local

Nationally and locally Blacks and Latinos have the highest incidences of HIV/AIDS. When stratifying incidence by gender, Blacks and Latino women have higher rates of HIV infection compared to their White counterparts. A recent “mainstream” hypothesis for the rise in numbers among minority women is that Black and Latino men in concurrent secret sexual relationships with men and Black and Latina women are the “bridgers” of infection between the homosexual (MSM) community and the heterosexual community.

MSM People of Color (POC) Populations Topic HIV status HIV+ Adults Stigma Reduction

Assessing Willingness to Test for HIV among Men who have Sex with Men using Conjoint Analysis

Sung-Jae Lee, Ph.D.
completed
local

Project Name: Assessing Willingness to Test for HIV among Men who have Sex with Men using Conjoint Analysis: Implications for Testing and Treatment for Prevention of HIV Transmission

Brief overview: Various HIV testing methods currently available all have advantages and drawbacks.  In order to increase consumers’ HIV testing uptake,

Populations PreP and nPEP Technology Adherence HIV status MSM Topic HIV Prevention

Battling Stigma for Service Engagement among Women with HIV in Vietnam

Chunqing Lin (lincq@ucla.edu)
Chunqing Lin (lincq@ucla.edu)
active
international
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRUG ABUSE + FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER / FY Total Cost by IC: $219,421

Abstract:Women living with HIV/AIDS (WLHA) bear a higher level of stigma because of their socio-cultural vulnerabilities. Women are more likely to internalize social stigma and produce a sense of shame and loss of self-worth, which results in a delay in health service seeking and compromised health outcomes.

Global Impact HIV Prevention Risk Stigma Reduction Topic Biomedical People of Color (POC)

Behavioral Economics Incentives to Support HIV Treatment Adherence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sebastian Linnemayr (sebastian_linnemayr@rand.org)
STIRRATT, MICHAEL J (stirrattm@mail.nih.gov)
active
international
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $290,065

Abstract: It is imperative to find ways to improve retention boost ART adherence in sub-Saharan Africa where adherence rates have been found to decline over time, and where treatment options such as second-line regimens are very limited. A promising tool is the Lottery Incentives to Facility Treatment Adherence (LIFT) program suggested in this proposal,

Populations Technology Adults Global Impact Topic HIV status Adherence HIV+

Behavioral Economics Incentives to Support HIV Treatment Adherence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sebastian Linnemayr (sebastian_linnemayr@rand.org)
Sebastian Linnemayr (sebastian_linnemayr@rand.org)
active
international
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $290,065

Abstract: It is imperative to find ways to improve retention boost ART adherence in sub-Saharan Africa where adherence rates have been found to decline over time, and where treatment options such as second-line regimens are very limited. A promising tool is the Lottery Incentives to Facility Treatment Adherence (LIFT) program suggested in this proposal,

HIV Prevention Policy Impact Biomedical Topic Populations Adherence Adults Global Impact

Behavioral Economics to improve Antihypertensive Therapy Adherence (BETA)

Sebastian Linnemayr (sebastian_linnemayr@rand.org)
Sebastian Linnemayr (sebastian_linnemayr@rand.org)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL HEART, LUNG, AND BLOOD INSTITUTE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $282,197

Abstract: Hypertension is one of the most prevalent cardiovascular disease risk factors, with over 45% of the United States population having elevated blood pressure. Decades of research have demonstrated that controlling blood pressure can reduce the risk of serious adverse cardiovascular events including stroke, myocardial infarction, and heart failure.

Adherence Risk

Biobehavioral Research Approaches to reduce Effects of Trauma on Mental and Physical Health and Cognitive Outcomes in South Africa

Norweeta Milburn (nmilburn@mednet.ucla.edu)
Norweeta Milburn (nmilburn@mednet.ucla.edu)
completed
international
Funding IC:  FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER + OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/ FY Total Cost by IC: $269,997

Abstract: The UCLA/South African Trauma Training Research (Phodiso) Program seeks five additional years of funding to prepare future investigators to conduct research on trauma exposure and injury prevention in the context of South Africa’s high levels of interpersonal and community violence and intentional injuries. The Phodiso Program is an international collaboration between UCLA and the South African Research Consortium (SARC),

Risk Substance Use Mental Health People of Color (POC) HIV Prevention Researcher Program

Biomedical Prevention for HIV in High-Risk Populations with Comorbidities

Raphael Landovitz (rlandovitz@mednet.ucla.edu)
Raphael Landovitz (rlandovitz@mednet.ucla.edu)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $157,397

Abstract: Despite current and ongoing prevention efforts, domestic HIV infection rates remain high. Behavioral interventions have had important but limited successes in reducing rates of high risk sexual behavior. Methamphetamine use is an expanding epidemic which has been demonstrated to increase rates high-risk sexual behavior and rates of HIV seroconversion in men who have sex with men (MSM). 

MSM Biomedical PreP and nPEP Topic HIV status HIV Prevention People of Color (POC) HIV - Populations Substance Use Comorbidities

Bringing South African Men into HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) and Care

Tom Coates (tcoates@mednet.ucla.edu)
Tom Coates (tcoates@mednet.ucla.edu)
completed
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $511,341

Abstract: The ultimate objective of this research is to provide evidence-based strategies to improve treatment of HIV+ men. Treatment as prevention (TasP) can only work through a three step process: (1) Testing a significant proportion of the population, (2) linkage to care and (3) maintaining in care a significant proportion of HIV+ individuals to the point of viral suppression.

Topic Populations Families Youth and Adolescents Risk Women HIV Prevention

Bringing South African Men into HIV Counseling and Testing and Care

Tom Coates (tcoates@mednet.ucla.edu)
GORDON, CHRISTOPHER M (cgordon1@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $502,711

Abstract: The ultimate objective of this research is to provide evidence-based strategies to improve treatment of HIV+ men. Treatment as prevention (TasP) can only work through a three step process: (1) Testing a significant proportion of the population, (2) linkage to care and (3) maintaining in care a significant proportion of HIV+ individuals to the point of viral suppression.

HIV Prevention Risk Topic Populations HIV+ HIV status Adherence Living with HIV Global Impact

China CPOL (Community Popular Opinion Leaders) Project

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Ph.D
Dallas Swendeman
completed
international
This 8-year study was part of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Collaborative HIV/Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention Trial in international settings, including China, India, Peru, Russia, and Zimbabwe. The trial was designed to identify, recruit, train, and engage community popular opinion leaders (C-POL) in a defined population to convey HIV risk reduction messages.
HIV status Policy Impact HIV Prevention HIV - Global Impact Topic

China MMT Project: Methadone Maintenance and HIV Prevention

Li Li (lililili@ucla.edu)
Li Li (lililili@ucla.edu)
completed
international
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $553,968

Abstract: The HIV/AIDS epidemic has now spread rapidly in China and is in a phase of exponential growth. Drug users have been the largest contributor to the HIV epidemic in China. In 2003, HIV prevalence among injection drug users (IDU) in Sichuan reached 27.8% in 1999 and 50% in 2003.

Topic Biomedical Substance Use Risk Populations HIV status Adults Adherence HIV - Global Impact Education HIV Prevention

China Provider Project

Li Li
Li Li
completed
international

China has one-fifth of the world’s population (1.4 billion people); the risk of an HIV pandemic is substantial. In 2005, AIDS surpassed hepatitis B to become the third deadliest infectious disease in China in 2005. The Chinese government has implemented a national program, “Four Frees and One Care,” which mandates access to free HIV testing and free anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to AIDS patients in China.

HIV status HIV+ Populations Policy Impact Living with HIV HIV Prevention Stigma Reduction Global Impact Topic

China Stigma Project

Li Li
Li Li
completed
international
China has 1 million Persons Living with HIV (PLH) and will have an anticipated 10 million PLH by the year 2010. With 1/5 of the world’s population (1.4 billion persons) in China, the risk of an epidemic is substantial. Recently, the Chinese government has recognized the substantial risk it faces in HIV and has allocated resources to fight HIV.
HIV Prevention Living with HIV Topic Stigma Reduction HIV+ HIV status Populations Global Impact

China TEA (Together for Empowerment Activities)- Intervention for HIV Affected Families

Li Li (lililili@ucla.edu)
Li Li
completed
international
Funding IC: EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT/ FY Total Cost by IC: $511,460

Abstract: This 5-year project is a randomized controlled trial of the TEA (Together for Empowerment Activities) intervention. TEA intervention is an innovative, theoretically-based, culturally sensitive family intervention for HIV-affected families in rural China. The intervention will have six sessions (plus a preparation session) delivered at three levels simultaneously: 1) TEA Gathering (small group for parents living with HIV (PLH) and their family members),

HIV status Global Impact Mental Health Youth and Adolescents Populations Stigma Reduction Living with HIV HIV+ Families Topic

Choosing Life: Empowerment, Action, Results! (CLEAR) for Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS)

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Ph.D.
Dallas Swendeman
completed
national

CLEAR-CRCS is an evidence based HIV prevention and health promotion intervention developed for people living with HIV enrolled in Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS). It is a client-centered program delivered one-on-one with clients who are having difficulty initiating or sustaining behaviors that prevent HIV transmission and reinfection. The program teaches clients cognitive-behavioral strategies to cope with triggers and other stressful situations that lead to risky behaviors and unhealthy choices.

HIV Prevention Mental Health HIV+ Adults Risk HIV status Living with HIV Youth and Adolescents Populations Adherence Topic Education

CLEAR Uganda; SUUBI Project

Marguerita Lightfoot
completed
international

Choosing Life Empowerment Action Results is a behavioral change research project being implemented by Uganda Youth development Link (UYDEL) in collaboration with support from University of California, Los-Angeles. It is a result project known as CLEAR tried in the USA in the cities of Los Angeles and New York by the Center for Community Health (CHIPTS) to assist young people living with HIV/AIDS.

Global Impact Homelessness HIV+ HIV status Living with HIV Risk Populations Youth and Adolescents Topic Education

Clinical study of STI screening to prevent adverse birth and newborn outcomes

Jeffrey Klausner (jdklausner@med.usc.edu)
Jeffrey Klausner (jdklausner@med.usc.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES/ FY Total Cost by IC: $811,925

Abstract:  Infections with Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) and Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) during pregnancy are associated with premature rupture of membranes, preterm labor and delivery, low birth weight, congenital infections, perinatal death and mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like these are common in pregnant women globally,

Risk Topic HIV Prevention Women Populations

Clinical Trial Comparing the Effectiveness of Cefixime Versus Penicillin G for Treatment of Early Syphilis

Jeffrey Klausner (jdklausner@med.usc.edu)
Jeffrey Klausner (jdklausner@med.usc.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES/ FY Total Cost by IC: $665,080

Abstract: The proposed project is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of cefixime (400mg, twice a day, for 10 days) compared to benzathine penicillin G (2.4 million units, intramuscularly) in patients with and without HIV infection. Syphilis rates have been increasing both in the US and internationally. Incidence is higher among men-who-have-sex-with-men and more importantly in individuals with HIV infection.

Adherence Topic Researcher Program MSM HIV Prevention Women

Collaborating Consortium of Cohorts Producing NIDA Opportunities (C3PNO)

Pamina Gorbach (pgorbach@ucla.edu)
LAMBERT, ELIZABETH (el46i@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE  / FY Total Cost by IC: $999,893

Abstract: In response to RFA-DA-17-019 we propose to establish a Coordinating Center for the NIDA Cohorts entitled “C3NPO” to manage and stimulate use of the data generated to address high priority research on HIV/AIDS in the context of substance abuse. Our focus is cutting-edge science powered by the cohorts’

Populations Topic Education HIV Prevention Comorbidities HIV+ Biomedical HIV status Technology Substance Use Researcher Program

Collaborating Consortium of Cohorts Producing NIDA Opportunities (C3PNO)

Pamina Gorbach (pgorbach@ucla.edu)
Pamina Gorbach (pgorbach@ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC:$400,898

Abstract: In response to the Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Notice Number NOT-DA-20-047 and linked Program Announcement PA-18-591) funding opportunity, the Collaborating Consortium of Cohorts Producing NIDA Opportunities (C3PNO; U24DA044554) proposes to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the participating cohorts –

Researcher Program Topic

Collaborative care teams for hospitalized patients with opioid use disorders: Translating evidence into practice

Allison Ober (ober@rand.org)
DANOVITCH, ITAI (itai.danovitch@cshs.org)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL CENTER FOR ADVANCING TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCES + NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $1,192,218

Abstract: The underuse of effective behavioral health treatments during the hospital stay is a translational science problem that has important consequences. Behavioral health comorbidities are common among hospitalized patients, and are associated with longer lengths of stay, higher costs and worse outcomes. Treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) is an exemplar of this problem.

Substance Use Technology Topic Biomedical

Collaborative care teams for hospitalized patients with opioid use disorders: Translating evidence into practice

Allison Ober (ober@rand.org)
Allison Ober (ober@rand.org)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL CENTER FOR ADVACNING TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCES/ FY Total Cost by IC: $1,315,300

Abstract: The underuse of effective behavioral health treatments during the hospital stay is a translational science problem that has important consequences. Behavioral health comorbidities are common among hospitalized patients, and are associated with longer lengths of stay, higher costs and worse outcomes. Treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) is an exemplar of this problem.

Topic HIV Prevention Biomedical Substance Use

Collaborative Evaluations with the Sonagachi/Durbar Community-Led Structural Intervention (CLSI) with Sex Workers in India.

Dallas Swendeman, Ph.D
Dallas Swendeman
completed
international

The Sonagachi Project was initiated in 1992 in the Sonagachi red light area of Kolkata (Calcutta) as a health education and condom promotion program targeting sex workers.  Responding to barriers and needs expressed by sex workers led the program to evolve into Durbar (www.durbar.org), a multi-component community-led structural intervention (CLSI) that targets both risk behaviors and broader structural factors that marginalize sex workers and increases their vulnerability to HIV. 

Education Populations Risk Topic HIV - HIV status Living with HIV Stigma Reduction HIV Prevention Sex Workers STDs and STIs Transgender

Combating Craving with Contingency Management: Neuroplasticity and Methamphetamine Abuse in South Africa

Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
WILEY, TISHA R A (tisha.wiley@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $9,353

Abstract: Methamphetamine (MA) dependence is a significant health problem in South Africa and the U.S. In South Africa, a shift in policy focus is required away from allocating health resources primarily to HIV/AIDS and TB and toward the financial, social and personal consequences of untreated stimulant addiction. In response to PAR 14-331,

Education HIV - Substance Use Populations Biomedical Global Impact HIV+ HIV status Policy Impact Topic Adults

Combining Positive Deviance and Implementation Science to Improve Retention in HIV Care in South Africa

Allison Ober (ober@rand.org)
Allison Ober (ober@rand.org)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH/ FY Total Cost by IC: $250,689

Abstract:Despite notable increases in antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence and decreases in mortality, South Africa is not close to achieving the UNAIDS goals of 90% of all people living with HIV (PLWH) diagnosed, 90% of those with a positive HIV diagnosis on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 90% of those on ART with undetectable HIV RNA by 2020,

Risk Global Impact HIV Prevention Adults Topic

Community Health Study

Mary Jane Rotheram, PhD
Dallas Swendeman
completed
local
There have been few attempts to monitor the risk behaviors and HIV seroprevalence among the general population.

Understanding the HIV epidemic in Los Angeles requires establishing an integrated, multilevel surveillance system for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Information about sexual and substance use risk behaviors,

Substance Use HIV - Mental Health HIV status Education Risk Homelessness HIV+ Stigma Reduction MSM Topic Populations

Comunidades Positivas “Positive Communities”

Thomas Coates, Ph.D.
completed
international

Also known as Prevention For Positives (P4P), this is a five-year, NIMH-funded study that tests two interventions  — one behavioral and one biomedical — to prevent HIV and STI (sexually transmitted infection) transmission among HIV- and/or STI-positive men who have sex with men in Lima, Peru.

This study evaluates two interventions carried-out simultaneously – one which is community-based and focuses on behavioral modification,

Biomedical STDs and STIs Global Impact Topic Comorbidities Populations HIV Prevention HIV+ HIV status MSM

Controlled Trial of Game Changers: A Group Intervention to Train HIV Clients to be Change Agents for HIV Prevention in Uganda

Laura Bogart (LBOGART@RAND.ORG)
Wagner, Glenn John (GWAGNER@RAND.ORG)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $804,979

Abstract:In Uganda, HIV prevalence is estimated to be 6.2% among those aged 15-64, and is higher (6.9%) in Kampala, the proposed study setting. Political and cultural barriers, including limited government funding and HIV stigma, impede HIV prevention and have led to projections of rapid increases in HIV incidence.

Researcher Program Topic Living with HIV HIV Prevention Global Impact Populations Risk

Developing a PreP Screening Instrument for Identification/Referral of High-Risk MSM in Primary Care

Erik Storholm (storholm@rand.org)
JENKINS, RICHARD A (jenkinsri@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $171,422

Abstract: A significant public health development, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is now being widely promoted as a prevention strategy for individuals in high-risk groups, such as men who have sex with men who report substance-use (past 6-month illegal drug use and/or heavy alcohol use). While this is an exciting development,

HIV status HIV - Populations Biomedical Technology Topic MSM PreP and nPEP Risk

Developing Capacity for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Mental Health

Allison Ober (ober@rand.org)
Allison Ober (ober@rand.org)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $133,361

Abstract: Untreated opioid use disorders (OUDs) can have devastating consequences for people with serious mental illness (SMI). While the size of the population with unmet need is unknown, studies indicate that 87% of US adults with co-occurring disorders do not receive SUD treatment, and large numbers of individuals with mental illness are on chronic prescription opioids,

Mental Health Substance Use Risk Education Topic Homelessness Populations

Doxycycline Prophylaxis or Incentive Payments to Reduce Syphilis among HIV-infected Men Who Have Sex with Men

Arleen Leibowitz and Dr. Robert Bolan (LAGLC)
completed
local

This pilot study will investigate the feasibility of conducting a large, randomized trial comparing a structural intervention to contingency management to reduce incident syphilis infections in an especially high risk group: HIV+ men who have sex with men (MSM) who have had syphilis twice or more since their HIV diagnosis.

STDs and STIs Comorbidities Living with HIV HIV+ Topic MSM Adherence HIV status Populations

Economic Evaluations for HIV Prevention Programs for Adolescents

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D
Dallas Swendeman
completed
local
While the field of HIV prevention has demonstrated that adolescents do reduce their sexual and substance use risk acts in response to intervention programs, there have been no evaluations of the cost effectiveness of these program.

Effective HIV preventive interventions have been developed and evaluated with adolescents (Jemmott, in press).

Substance Use HIV Prevention People of Color (POC) HIV - Homelessness MSM HIV status Youth and Adolescents Populations Topic Living with HIV

Effect of Peer Navigation and Contingency Management on Retention in HIV Care

William Cunningham (wcunningham@mednet.ucla.edu)
GORDON, CHRISTOPHER M (cgordon1@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH/ FY Total Cost by IC: $560,220

Abstract: Consistent treatment with anti-retroviral therapy (ART) suppresses viral load (VL), prolonging life and improving quality of life for HIV+ persons. Suppressing VL benefits communities by reducing transmission to others. Mere availability of ART and care, however, is insufficient; the benefits of ART depend upon HIV+ persons’ continuous visits to the health care provider,

Living with HIV Adherence Populations HIV+ Topic HIV status

Effects of methamphetamine use on risk behavior, systemic and mucosal inflammation, and sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV risk among men who have sex with men

Cherie Blair (CherieBlair@mednet.ucla.edu)
Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $202,392

Abstract: This K23 Career Development Award will provide early career support for the investigation of behavioral and biological risk factors for HIV/STI transmission caused by methamphetamine (MA) use among men who have sex with men (MSM). This K23 award will provide support for the candidate to develop expertise in the following areas: 1) Biological impacts of MA use and addiction medicine;

Risk Topic HIV Prevention MSM Populations Substance Use

EHE Supp: Developing Implementation Strategies to Optimize PrEP Delivery to Immigrant Latino MSM in Los Angeles County

Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
GORDON, CHRISTOPHER M (cgordon1@mail.nih.gov)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERY AMD INFECTIOUS DISEASES/ FY Total Cost by IC: $247,882

Abstract: HIV disproportionately affects Latino men who have sex with men (LMSM), especially immigrants. The CDC estimates the lifetime HIV risk is 1 in 5 for LMSM compared to 1 in 11 for White MSM. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is an evidence-based intervention highly effective in preventing HIV acquisition,

Technology HIV Prevention Researcher Program Risk

EHE Supp: Implementation of an Emergency Department HIV/SUD screening and treatment referral mHealth tool for Latino patient

Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
Dubov, Oleksandr
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES / FY Total Cost by IC: $322,500

Abstract: This supplemental application aims to establish a new partnership in the geographic area not yet reached by current EHE efforts. This area consists of two EHE priority counties – Riverside and San Bernardino, collectively called Inland Empire. More than 14,000 individuals live with HIV in the area,

HIV Prevention People of Color (POC) Populations Risk Substance Use Topic

Electronic HIV Prevention in Los Angeles

completed
local
Electronic, Technology, HIV Messaging

This pilot study conducted and analyzed responses from eight focus groups (6-8 people each) with staff and clients from community-based organizations (CBOs) which provide HIV prevention services to women.

The specific aims of this project are:

  1. To gather initial information on which electronic communication channels (e.g.,
Populations Topic Women HIV Prevention HIV status Technology HIV -

Emerging Issues in Minority Aging Research

Nina Harawa (nharawa@mednet.ucla.edu)
Nina Harawa (nharawa@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING/ FY Total Cost by IC: $50,000

Abstract: Emerging Issues in Minority Aging Research will create five different one-day conferences on current NIA priority areas relevant to minority aging research. The conference series goal is to increase the quality, quantity, and relevance to communities of color of NIA-fundable research by providing both junior and senior researchers with new knowledge and greater interest in these emerging issues as applied to minority elderly.

Risk Topic Women People of Color (POC) Researcher Program

Engaging men through HIV self-test and differentiated care models to increase ART initiation and viral suppression in Malawi

Tom Coates (tcoates@mednet.ucla.edu)
Tom Coates (tcoates@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $643,041

Abstract: Men continue to be missed by HIV testing and treatment services. Index partner testing is a critical strategy for reaching men. Index HIV self-testing (HIVST), whereby ART clients take HIVST kits home to their sexual partners for testing, is a new strategy that dramatically increases index testing among men,

Topic Populations Risk Global Impact Women HIV Prevention

Engaging Seronegative Youth to Optimize HIV Prevention Continuum

Dallas Swendeman
active
local

Abstract: Young people at highest risk for HIV in the U.S. will be gay, bisexual transgender youth (GBTY) and homeless youth (HY) in communities with high HIV incidence and overwhelmingly Black and Latino. Focusing on Los Angeles and New Orleans, seronegative youth at highest risk for HIV will be screened in homeless shelters and gay-identified community-based organizations (CBO).

Adherence Topic People of Color (POC) HIV status HIV - Transgender Technology Homelessness Youth and Adolescents Risk MSM Populations

Engaging Seronegative Youth to Optimize HIV Prevention Continuum

Dallas Swendeman (dswendeman@mednet.ucla.edu)
Dallas Swendeman (dswendeman@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT / FY Total Cost by IC: $200,503

Abstract:Young people at highest risk for HIV in the U.S. will be gay, bisexual transgender youth (GBTY) and homeless youth (HY) in communities with high HIV incidence and overwhelmingly Black and Latino. Focusing on Los Angeles and New Orleans, seronegative youth at highest risk for HIV will be screened in homeless shelters and gay-identified community-based organizations (CBO).

HIV Prevention Risk Topic Mental Health People of Color (POC)

Enhancing the Role of Commune Health Workers in HIV and Drug Control in Vietnam

Li Li (lililili@ucla.edu)
JENKINS, RICHARD A (jenkinsri@mail.nih.gov)
completed
international
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $489,658

Abstract: We propose a 5-year implementation science project in Vietnam, aiming to enhance the role of commune health workers (CHWs) in HIV and drug use prevention and treatment. We plan to demonstrate the process of development, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated intervention for CHWs, IDUs, and their family members (FMs) in Vietnam.

Living with HIV HIV - Populations Topic Global Impact Substance Use HIV status Families HIV Prevention

Enhancing the Role of Commune health Workers in HIV and Drug control in Vietnam

Li Li
active
local

Abstract: This 5-year project aims to enhance the role of commune health workers (CHWs) in HIV and drug use prevention and treatment. We demonstrate the process of development, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated intervention for CHWs, IDUs, and their family members (FMs) in Vietnam. In Phase 1,

HIV - HIV Prevention Substance Use HIV status Global Impact Populations HIV+ Families Topic

Evaluating Locally Developed “Homegrown” HIV Prevention Interventions for African American and Hispanic/Latino MSM

completed
national
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this project is a collaboration between In The Meantime Men’s Group, Inc. (ITMT) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health HIV Epidemiology Program. The objectives of the project are to recruit and enroll 530 African American MSM, ages 18-29 years,
Topic HIV status HIV Prevention MSM People of Color (POC) HIV - Populations

Evaluating STI screening and antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae among PrEP users in Vietnam

Jeffrey Klausner (jdklausner@med.usc.edu)
Jeffrey Klausner (jdklausner@med.usc.edu)
active
international
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES/ FY Total Cost by IC: $220,833

Abstract: Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that increase HIV risk, such as Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis. HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users—many of whom are MSM—are also at increased risk for STIs. U.S. guidelines recommend that PrEP users undergo frequent screening in multiple anatomic sites (pharyngeal,

Global Impact Risk Topic MSM HIV Prevention

Evaluating the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Latino MSM Focused PrEP Uptake Intervention

Ron Brooks (rabrooks@mednet.ucla.edu)
STIRRATT, MICHAEL J (stirrattm@mail.nih.gov)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH/ FY Total Cost by IC: $214,211

Abstract: HIV disparity persist among Latino men who have sex with men (MSM), especially those who are immigrants. The CDC estimates the lifetime HIV risk is 1 in 5 for Latino MSM compared to 1 in 11 for white MSM. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a biomedical strategy highly effective in preventing HIV acquisition,

People of Color (POC) Adherence MSM Adults Populations Risk Topic HIV Prevention

Evaluating the PrEP cascade in HIV-negative pregnant and breastfeeding women in South Africa (PrEP-PP)

Tom Coates (tcoates@mednet.ucla.edu)
Tom Coates (tcoates@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
international
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $579,553

Abstract: HIV-negative pregnant and breastfeeding women in South Africa are at extremely high risk of HIV acquisition despite increased access to and initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa. We urgently need effective interventions to reduce HIV incidence in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Currently PrEP is one of the only female controlled methods that is effective for preventing HIV acquisition.

Education Topic Populations Families Adherence Risk Global Impact Women

Evaluation of pre-exposure prophylaxis cascade in pregnant and breastfeeding women in Cape Town, South Africa

Dvora Davey (dvoradavey@ucla.edu)
Dvora Davey (dvoradavey@ucla.edu)
active
international
Funding IC:  FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER/ FY Total Cost by IC: $139,018

Abstract: HIV-uninfected pregnant and breastfeeding women in South Africa are at high risk of HIV acquisition despite increased uptake of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and maternal seroconversion during pregnancy and breastfeeding contributes significantly toward pediatric HIV infections. Comprehensive HIV prevention programs that include biomedical interventions, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP),

Women HIV Prevention Biomedical Risk

Evaluation of the Implementation of PrEP Provision for Ugandan Fisherfolk

Laura Bogart (laura_bogart@rand.org)
CAMPBELL-ROSEN, HOLLY R (holly.campbell-rosen@nih.gov)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH/ FY Total Cost by IC: $298,735

Abstract: In Ugandan fisherfolk communities, HIV prevalence is an order of magnitude higher than in the Ugandan general population, and high HIV prevalence among fisherfolk helps to drive the general epidemic. In a prior R21 study, we demonstrated that bringing HIV testing to fisherfolk communities, where healthcare facilities are scarce,

Risk Families Topic HIV Prevention Policy Impact

Expedited Partner Therapy and the HIV Prevention Cascade Among MSM in Peru

Jesse Clark (jlclark@mednet.ucla.edu)
Jesse Clark (jlclark@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES + NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $561,476

Abstract: Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) offers a unique tool to combine HIV prevention and STI control through an integrated HIV Prevention Cascade. In providing empiric, patient-delivered antibiotic treatment to the recent sexual partners of individuals with bacterial STIs, EPT promotes partner notification, HIV/STI testing, and treatment, and triggers the critical first step of an HIV prevention cascade culminating in uptake of antiretroviral-based prevention methods (such as PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis),

Topic Populations Risk MSM Global Impact Adults HIV Prevention

Facilitating the Decentralization of Methadone Maintenance Therapy Services into Communities in Vietnam

Chunqing Lin (lincq@ucla.edu)
Chunqing Lin (lincq@ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC:$307,743

Abstract: Vietnam is currently decentralizing its methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) dispensing network to its local commune health centers (CHC), which provides a window of opportunity to study decentralization of harm reduction and HIV-related healthcare services into community-based healthcare settings. Commune health workers (CHW) in Vietnam have widespread misconceptions about harm reduction and perceived significant challenges associated with treating people who use drugs.

Topic Researcher Program HIV Prevention Substance Use

Family-Focused HIV Disclosure Intervention in Thailand

Sung-Jae Lee, Ph.D.
Sung-Jae Lee, Ph.D.
completed
international
This is a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01). HIV disclosure is a key stressor among HIV-affected families in Thailand, and the impact radiates throughout the family. By addressing HIV disclosure as a family matter, the proposed study aims to develop and pilot a culturally tailored intervention in Northeastern Thailand in Nakhon Ratchasima Province.
Adherence Topic Global Impact HIV status HIV+ Populations Families Living with HIV

Family-to-Family: Psychoeducation to Improve Children’s Outcomes in HIV+ Families

Li Li
Li Li
completed
international
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH / FY Total Cost by IC:  $579,263

Abstract:HIV has a negative intergenerational impact on families, particularly children with HIV+ parents (Rotheram-Borus et al., 1997). In order to improve the social, behavioral and mental health outcomes for children affected by HIV, we have designed the Family-to-Family (F2F) intervention that includes the critical, universal, program components identified by the NIMH Intervention Workgroup (in revision).

Topic Education Mental Health HIV+ Adults Families Living with HIV HIV status Populations Youth and Adolescents

Feasibility and Acceptability of PrEP and Non-occupational Npep for HIV Prevention in Los Angeles

Raphael Landovitz, M.D.
completed
local

This is a qualitative study of knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and perceived barriers to implementation of biomedical prevention strategies among MSM in metropolitan Los Angeles, California. Three focus groups comprised of sixteen unique individual participants were conducted at the UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education between April 2008 and June 2008.

Biomedical PreP and nPEP HIV - MSM HIV Prevention HIV status Stigma Reduction Populations Topic

Feasibility Study of a Community Level, Multi-Component, Intervention for Black MSM

Steven Shoptaw, PhD
Steven Shoptaw, PhD
completed
national
To ascertain the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention among Black men who have sex with men (MSM), to prepare for a community-level randomized trial to test the efficacy of the intervention in reducing HIV incidence among Black MSM.

Approximately 2136 “first wave” participants (267 per site at eight sites) and approximately 400 referred partners (70 per site at six sites).

People of Color (POC) Topic HIV status HIV Prevention Adherence Living with HIV HIV - STDs and STIs Populations Comorbidities MSM HIV+

Friends Care I

Cathy Reback, PhD
Cathy Reback, PhD
completed
local

The majority of new HIV infections across Los Angeles County continue to be found among men who have sex with other men (MSM).  Within MSM, stimulant abuse, particularly methamphetamine abuse, is the major factor in driving new infections, primarily via behavioral disinhibition contributing MSM methamphetamine users to engage in extremely high-risk sexual transmission behaviors.

MSM Biomedical PreP and nPEP Topic HIV status HIV - Populations Substance Use

Getting Off: A Theory-based mHealth Intervention for Methamphetamine-using MSM

Cathy Reback (reback@friendsresearch.org)
Cathy Reback (reback@friendsresearch.org)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $435,601

Abstract: Methamphetamine (MA) use among men who have sex with men (MSM) is associated with increased rates of HIV prevalence and transmission, as well as substandard advancement along the HIV Prevention and Care Continua. MA use among MSM is deeply integrated into socio-sexual networks including the use of smartphone applications (“app”) and websites to find sexual partners.

Populations Risk Topic Stigma Reduction MSM HIV Prevention

Goals for Adherence with Low-cost Incentives (GOALS)

Sebastian Linnemayr (slinnema@rand.org)
Sebastian Linnemayr (slinnema@rand.org)
active
local
Funding IC:  EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT / FY Total Cost by IC: $724,445

Abstract: Treatment outcomes of HIV-positive youth in Uganda and elsewhere are threatened by low medication adherence. Despite the clear need for adherence support among youth, few interventions target this particularly vulnerable group during a time of heightened risk-taking behavior and unfinished development of cognitive control processes such as planning and goal-directed behavior.

HIV Prevention Adherence Youth and Adolescents

Grief Interventions for PLAs, Adolescents and Guardians

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D
Dallas Swendeman
completed
local
By the year two thousand, 80,000 children will be orphaned by AIDS in the U.S. and this number will continue to rise. Parental death during one’s childhood has been consistently associated with negative outcomes for children, however, there have been no prospective studies of adolescent bereavement from any type of parental death,
Youth and Adolescents HIV+ Education Families Living with HIV Topic Mental Health Populations HIV status

Guys Understanding Your Situation (G.U.Y.S. Program)

Cathy J. Reback
Cathy J. Reback
completed
local

Interventions, Training Manuals, etc. : 

The G.U.Y.S. Program offers a multi-tier health education/risk reduction (HE/RR) intervention – utilizing both individual and group-level interventions – designed to reduce high-risk sexual and drug behaviors among homeless, substance-using gay men and non-gay identified men who have sex with other men,

HIV status HIV Prevention Populations HIV - MSM Homelessness Substance Use Topic

Healthy Divas: Improving engagement in HIV care for high-risk women

Cathy Reback (reback@friendsresearch.org)
Cathy Reback (reback@friendsresearch.org)
completed
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $788,397

Abstract: Trans women are disproportionately impacted by HIV and have culturally unique barriers and facilitators to engagement in HIV care. Trans women living with HIV (hereafter:  TWH) are less likely than other populations to take antiretroviral therapy (ART), and those who initiate ART have lower rates of ART adherence,

Adherence Transgender HIV status Populations HIV+ Topic

Healthy Living Project (HLP): Multi-Institutional Collaborative Research Project

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.
Dallas Swendeman
completed
national
The UCLA Healthy Living Project was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and was designed to promote health-related behavior changes in adults living with HIV. This project aimed to reduce sexual and injection drug use risk behaviors among 1,200 HIV positive men and women in order to decrease the likelihood of secondary HIV transmission.
HIV+ Topic Substance Use Women Adults HIV status Living with HIV Populations Adherence HIV Prevention MSM Education

Hep-Safe Hollywood

Cathy Reback
completed
local

Homeless, stimulant-using gay/bisexual men and transgender women are at high risk for hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV infection due to high rates of injection drug use and high-risk sexual behaviors. Thus, use of stimulants threatens to intensify homeless persons’ risk of exposure to hepatitis B,

STDs and STIs HIV Prevention Substance Use Populations MSM Homelessness Transgender Topic HIV status HIV -

Hepatitis C Treatment and Cardiovascular Risk Modification in HIV-infected Persons

Kara Chew
active
local

This award provides support for a longitudinal study of the impact of HCV infection on endothelial function, immune activation, and inflammation in HIV-infected persons.

(Informational website under construction)

Funded by Merck Investigator Studies Program Award 52767.

STDs and STIs HIV+ Biomedical Populations Topic Living with HIV HIV status

HIV Counseling & Texting Program

Cathy J. Reback
Cathy J. Reback
completed
local

The HIV Counseling and Texting (HCT) program utilizes social networks testing methodology, specifically designed to work with HIV infected and high-risk gay and bisexual men of color and transgender women. HIV infected or high-risk negative participants who either come to the Friends Community Center site for services or are contacted through street outreach and meet eligibility are invited to serve as recruiters.

Living with HIV HIV status Topic Transgender Technology STDs and STIs People of Color (POC) Populations HIV - HIV+ MSM

HIV Prevention Capacity Building Assistance and Technical Assistance for Community-Based Organizations and Health Departments

completed
national

This CDC-funded project is a collaboration between AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and CHIPTS aimed to deliver capacity building assistance (CBA) services to community based organizations (CBOs) and health departments in the areas of (1) organizational infrastructure and program sustainability, (2) evidence based interventions and public health strategies,

Populations People of Color (POC) Education CBOs Topic HIV status HIV Prevention HIV - Adults

HIV Technology Transfer in Los Angeles

completed
local

The aims of the HIV Technology Transfer in Los Angeles project are to document and develop resources for technology transfer among HIV/AIDS community-based organizations (CBOs) serving Los Angeles communities. Several CBOs have publicly commented on the gap between current mandates to implement and evaluate evidence-based HIV interventions and the resources that are available to meet these requirements.

Education HIV+ HIV - Topic Populations Policy Impact CBOs Technology HIV status

HIV Testing, Linkage, and Retention in Care: Contextual Factors and Disparities

Chandra Ford (clford@ucla.edu)
HENRY, REBECCA (rebecca.henry@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH  / FY Total Cost by IC: $371,958

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to determine if associations exist between the contexts in which people obtain healthcare (i.e., healthcare context) or live (i.e., residential context) and each of five outcomes (HIV testing, receipt of test results, linkage to HIV/AIDS care, retention in HIV care and HIV viral load).

Topic Populations Adherence HIV+ Adults Comorbidities Biomedical People of Color (POC) HIV status

HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Angolan Military Recruits

completed
international

Soldiers, many of whom are young, mobile, and sexually-active men, can unintentionally spread the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from high-risk populations (e.g., commercial sex workers) to lower-risk populations (e.g., their wives or girlfriends). In addition, high HIV rates in the military threaten the stability and security of countries, such as Angola in sub-Saharan Africa.

HIV+ Global Impact Populations HIV - Education Topic Adults HIV status HIV Prevention

HIV/STD Risk Behaviors in Methamphetamine User Networks

Steven Shoptaw, PhD
completed
international

SATH-CAP stands for the Sexual Acquisition and Transmission of HIV Cooperative Agreement Program. The overall goal of SATH-CAP is to better understand how patterns of sexual and drug use behaviors along with other social and environmental factors, such as other sexually transmitted diseases, places where people gather for sex and drug activities,

HIV Prevention Topic HIV+ Substance Use MSM STDs and STIs HIV - Populations HIV status Comorbidities

Hope Social Media Intervention for HIV Testing and Studying Social Networks

SEAN YOUNG (sdyoung@mednet.ucla.edu)
GREENWOOD, GREGORY (gregory.greenwood@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $556,208

Abstract: In a randomized controlled trial, with 6-month and 1-year follow-up, this application aims to evaluate whether the Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE) social media intervention can be used to increase HIV self- testing among African American and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM), and to analyze the changing social network characteristics of participants in this intervention.

HIV - Populations HIV Prevention People of Color (POC) Topic Technology HIV status MSM Stigma Reduction

HPTN 085: The AMP Study

Jesse Clark
active
local

The AMP Study (also known as HVTN 704/HPTN 085) tests an experimental antibody against HIV. AMP stands for Antibody Mediated Prevention. This is the idea of giving people antibodies that fight HIV to see if they will protect people from becoming HIV infected.

The AMP study tests an antibody called VRC01,

Transgender Populations HIV Prevention Topic HIV status Technology MSM Biomedical HIV -

HPTN-077

Raphael Landovitz
active
local

Abstract: To evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and acceptability of the injectable agent, GSK1265744 long-acting injectable (744LA), in healthy, HIV-uninfected men and women. It is a multi-site, double-blind, two-arm, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of the safety, tolerability, and acceptability of 744LA. HPTN-077 will study HIV-uninfected men and women at low to minimal risk for acquiring HIV infection,

HIV status Women Adults Biomedical Topic Populations HIV - PreP and nPEP

HPTN-083

Raphael Landovitz
active
local

Abstract: Cabotegravir LA (CAB LA) is a long-acting injectable integrase inhibitor, also known as GSK 1265744 LA or 744 LA. This is a Phase 2b/3 study designed to establish the efficacy of CAB LA for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in HIV-uninfected men who have sex with men (MSM) and in transgender women (TGW).

Topic Women Populations Transgender PreP and nPEP Biomedical HIV Prevention HIV status HIV -

IMAGE Program

Debra Murphy, PhD
completed
local

The incidence of HIV is high among women of childbearing age in the U.S., and mothers living with HIV (MLH) report their greatest source of stress is combining the maternal role with the psychological and medical demands of coping with a chronic, life-threatening condition.

The purpose of this R01 pilot study is to develop and then test the feasibility of implementing a parenting intervention for HIV-infected mothers with well children age 6–14 years old.  

Families Populations HIV+ Topic Adherence Youth and Adolescents Living with HIV Women HIV status Mental Health

Implementation Science for Intervention Delivery in Healthcare Settings

Chunqing Lin
active
local

Abstract:  Implementation science examines the efficiency of intervention implementation and to translate the existing efficacious intervention models to real world services. It could potentially enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of the behavioral intervention projects. I received my PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009.

Topic HIV+ Global Impact Policy Impact Populations HIV - Education HIV status

Improving Art Adherence Through Urban Gardening and peer Nutritional Counseling in the Dominican Republic

Kathryn Derose (kathryn_derose@rand.org)
STIRRATT, MICHAEL J (stirrattm@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH/ FY Total Cost by IC:$251,550

Abstract: In recent years, access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV has increased dramatically in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and in particular in the Dominican Republic (DR); however, food insecurity and poor nutrition have emerged as barriers to ART utilization and adherence among people living with HIV (PLHIV),

Living with HIV Global Impact Adherence Topic Populations HIV+ HIV status Education

Improving Drug Adherence Among Adolescents in Uganda Using SMS Reminders

Sebastian Linnemayr (sebastian_linnemayr@rand.org)
LEE, SONIA S (leesonia@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT/ FY Total Cost by IC: $405,374

Abstract: To realize the benefits of HIV care requires high medication adherence that has been found lower than previously assumed and declining over time in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Youths with still developing emotional and cognitive capacities face special and unique challenges to adherence. Despite a wealth of interventions designed to increase adherence outcomes,

Global Impact Topic Populations HIV status Youth and Adolescents Adherence HIV+ Technology

Incentives and ReMINDers to Improve Long-term Medication Adherence (INMIND)

Sebastian Linnemayr (sebastian_linnemayr@rand.org)
Sebastian Linnemayr (sebastian_linnemayr@rand.org)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC:$275,080

Abstract: Recently the number of people initiating antiretroviral (ART) treatment (“treatment initiators”) has increased but too many fail to achieve viral suppression. Healthy routines are key to achieving long-term behavioral change and healthy outcomes, but few people manage to form them on their own. Existing interventions typically suggest that people anchor the targeted behavior to an existing routine,

HIV Prevention Topic Adherence

Innovative HIV Testing Strategy for Middle-to-Upper Income Men in a Resource Limited Setting

Laura Bogart (LBOGART@RAND.ORG)
MOSEPELE, MOSEPELE (mosepelemosepele@gmail.com)
active
international
Funding IC: FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER / FY Total Cost by IC:$106,708

Abstract:In Botswana, the setting of the proposed study, nearly one in five adults are living with HIV. Men in Botswana over age 40, the focus on the present research, show relatively high levels of HIV prevalence and risk behavior, and low levels of HIV testing. Moreover, higher income is associated with increased risk of being HIV-positive in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Policy Impact Topic MSM HIV Prevention Women Adults Populations Risk

Innovative strategies to increase ART Initiation and viral suppression among HIV+ men in Malawi

Tom Coates (tcoates@mednet.ucla.edu)
Tom Coates (tcoates@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
international
Funding IC:  FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER/ FY Total Cost by IC: $145,233

Abstract: Men continue to be missed by HIV testing and treatment services. Index partner testing is a critical strategy for reaching men. Index HIV self-testing (HIVST), whereby ART clients take HIVST kits home to their sexual partners for testing, is a new strategy that dramatically increases index testing among men,

Women HIV Prevention Biomedical Risk

Interventions for Substance-Using Youth Living with HIV

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D
Dallas Swendeman
completed
national
Project Name:  Interventions for Substance Using Youth Living with HIV Project Type:  Living with HIV Substance Abuse Interventions for Substance Using Youth Living with HIV Project Description: Increasing numbers of youth are infected with HIV and are confronted with a series of challenges: stopping HIV transmission to others,
Living with HIV Topic HIV+ HIV status Substance Use Populations Youth and Adolescents

Investigating Resiliency in Preventing Binge Drinking and Stimulant Use Among Black Men at High-Risk for HIV

Erik Storholm (storholm@rand.org)
JENKINS, RICHARD A (jenkinsri@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $138,653

Abstract: There is a profoundly disproportionate HIV burden that exists among young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM). Substance use has been inextricably linked to HIV transmission since the beginning of the epidemic. Black Americans report the highest levels of discrimination due to race/ethnicity, poverty, and substance use and these discriminatory experiences are likely to increase their risk for HIV infection.

MSM Substance Use HIV status HIV - Populations Topic People of Color (POC)

Investigating the Impact of Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, and COVID-19 on HIV Care Engagement among Young Black Sexual Minority Men with HIV in the US South

Erik Storholm (estorholm@sdsu.edu)
FLOURNOY FLOYD, MINNJUAN WYNCEPHEL (minnjuan.flournoyfloyd@nih.gov)
active
local
Funding IC: OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC:$231,383

Abstract: Among sexual minority men, young Black sexual minority men are the most disproportionately impacted by HIV, with the majority of new infections among sexual minority men occurring among this group. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is one of the most understudied factors that may exacerbate these disparities. Little is known about the impact of substance use and IPV on HIV care continuum (CC) outcomes and HIV transmission risk behaviors among young Black sexual minority men with HIV (YBSMM+).

Researcher Program Youth and Adolescents People of Color (POC) Risk Topic Mental Health

Linking Refugees to HIV Clinical Care in Uganda

Laura Bogart (LBOGART@RAND.ORG)
Laura Bogart (LBOGART@RAND.ORG)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $186,192

Abstract: There are an estimated 3.4 million refugees living in sub-Saharan Africa, a region of the world which hosts 71% of the global population living with HIV. Displaced for an average of 17 years, refugees are a vulnerable population at risk of exposure to HIV due to violence and persecution.

HIV Prevention Mental Health Biomedical Topic Global Impact

Long-Term Health Effects of Methamphetamine Use in the MACS

Steve Shoptaw, PhD
completed
national
The overall goal of this study is to determine the long-term health effects of methamphetamine use within an existing cohort of men who have sex with men participating in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Specifically, this study focuses on stimulant abuse effects on health issues that occur at the intersection of mental health,
Comorbidities HIV status HIV Prevention Substance Use Populations HIV - MSM Topic

Los Angeles County HIV Needs Assessment

completed
local

The Los Angeles Commission on HIV (COH), in conjunction with the Department of Public Health Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP) and the Prevention Planning Committee (PPC), developed the Los Angeles County HIV Needs Assessment (LACHNA). This comprehensive survey combined the PPC’s annual prevention survey with the COH’s assessment of service needs and gaps of persons living with HIV/AIDS.

HIV status Mental Health Substance Use Topic Populations Adherence Living with HIV

Los Angeles County Methamphetamine Prevention Initiative

Steven Shoptaw, PhD
completed
local
There is a significant unmet need in Los Angeles County for methamphetamine-specific training, and community service agencies and outreach workers need education and training on effective approaches to engage and serve persons in the community at risk. Training and technical assistance is also needed for service providers on the latest evidence-based methamphetamine treatment approaches.
Education HIV status HIV Prevention HIV+ Topic Mental Health Substance Use Technology HIV - Populations

Los Angeles CRS for the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study

Roger Detels (detels@ucla.edu)
Roger Detels (detels@ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM/ FY Total Cost by IC:$46,610

Abstract: The UCLA Clinical Research Site (CRS) of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) / Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) Combined Cohort Study (CCS) proposes to continue to document clinical, immunologic, physiologic, behavioral, virologic, genetic and psychosocial changes in HIV‐infected and ‐uninfected men‐who‐ have‐sex‐with‐men (MSM). This includes proposed studies to document these changes in MSM recruited previously,

Adherence HIV Prevention Risk Topic Adults Populations

Mamekhaya

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D
Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D
completed
international
In South Africa, where a large portion of pregnant women are HIV positive, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) is an important endeavor. To improve the effectiveness of the standard PMTCT programs, the Mamekhaya program used peer mentoring and a culturally adapted cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI). Research Methods: HIV-positive pregnant women at the Gugulethu Midwife Obstetric Unit and at the Vanguard Community Health Center in Cape Town were invited to participate in the study.
Topic Living with HIV HIV status Populations Global Impact Women HIV Prevention Mental Health HIV+

Masihambisane – Pregnant Women: KZN

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.
Mary Jane Rotheram
completed
international

There are four intersecting epidemics among pregnant women in South Africa: hazardous alcohol use (30%), HIV (27%), TB (60% of HIV+), and malnutrition (24% of infants). Unless the prevention programs for these epidemics are horizontally integrated, there will never be adequate resources to address these challenges and stigma will dramatically reduce program utilization.

Populations Stigma Reduction HIV - Comorbidities HIV+ Topic Global Impact Substance Use Living with HIV Women HIV status HIV Prevention

MD for Life: Making Decisions for Life

Mary Jane Rotherman, Ph.D.
Norweeta Milburn
completed
national

MD for Life is a study that will help health-care professionals and researchers learn how well an intervention works with people living with HIV. Funded by the University-wide AIDS Research Program, the intervention is designed to reduce sexual risk and substance behavior by increasing motivation and intention for behavior change among individuals living with HIV.

HIV - HIV status Living with HIV Populations Adults HIV Prevention Topic

Mechanisms of Cardiac Dysfunction in HIV and the Effect of Statins

Kara Chew (kchew@mednet.ucla.edu)
SOPKO, GEORGE (sopkog@nhlbi.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL HEART, LUNG, AND BLOOD INSTITUTE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $708,470

Abstract: Contemporary cohorts of people living with HIV (PLWH) have a ~ 2.5-fold increased relative risk of heart failure versus matched controls. The predominant type of heart failure among PLWH is heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). This type of heart failure is typically preceded by diastolic dysfunction,

HIV status HIV+ Comorbidities Populations Biomedical Living with HIV Topic

Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment in HIV Prevention

Cathy J. Reback
Cathy J. Reback
completed
local
Gay and bisexual males who use methamphetamine are at extremely high risk for HIV infection. Methamphetamine use in this population is highly associated with risky sexual behavior, with users of the drug reporting an increased number of sexual partners, decreased use of condoms, and an increased likelihood of being HIV-infected or having a sexually transmitted disease.
Topic MSM HIV status Populations HIV - Substance Use

mHealth platform to link HIV-positive South Africans to care

W. Scott Comulada (wcomulada@mednet.ucla.edu)
GORDON, CHRISTOPHER M (cgordon1@mail.nih.gov)
completed
international
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH/ FY Total Cost by IC:$198,266

Abstract: The South African National Development Plan recognizes the value of health care delivery models such as home based counselling and testing (HBCT) by aiming to train between 700,000 and 1.3 million community health workers (CHW) to implement community-based health care by 2030. The CHW role include working with households to facilitate access and linkage to primary health care facilities,

HIV status Living with HIV Adherence HIV+ Topic Populations Global Impact

mHealth to Enhance & Sustain Drug Use Reduction of the QUIT BI in Primary Care

Dallas Swendeman (dswendeman@mednet.ucla.edu)
Dallas Swendeman (dswendeman@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $746,806

Abstract:The QUIT-Mobile study proposes to use mobile phone self-monitoring and feedback to enhance and sustain over 12-months the impacts of the Quit Using Drugs Intervention Trial (QUIT), an ef- fective screening and brief intervention (SBI) previously successful in reducing risky drug use (i.e., moderate use) in low-income,

Substance Use Mental Health Topic

Mining Real-Time Social Media Big Data to Monitor HIV: Development and Ethical Issues

SEAN YOUNG (sdyoung@mednet.ucla.edu)
0MCKAIG, ROSEMARY G (rmckaig@niaid.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES / FY Total Cost by IC: $671,438

Abstract:  Social “big data” holds information with wide-ranging implications for addressing issues along the HIV care continuum. Social big data refers to information from social media and online platforms on which individuals and communities create, share, and discuss content. One in four people worldwide, or over a billion people,

HIV status HIV Prevention Populations HIV+ Topic Technology People of Color (POC) Youth and Adolescents HIV -

Mining real-time social media big data to monitor HIV: Development and Ethical Issues

SEAN YOUNG (sdyoung@mednet.ucla.edu)
SEAN YOUNG (sdyoung@mednet.ucla.edu)
completed
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES/ FY Total Cost by IC:$737,082

Abstract: Social “big data” holds information with wide-ranging implications for addressing issues along the HIV care continuum. Social big data refers to information from social media and online platforms on which individuals and communities create, share, and discuss content. One in four people worldwide, or over a billion people,

HIV Prevention Risk Topic

Mining the Social Web to Monitor Public Health and HIV Risk Behaviors

SEAN YOUNG (sdyoung@mednet.ucla.edu)
SOFIA, HEIDI J (heidi.sofia@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $392,952

Abstract: Surveillance and monitoring of risk behavior and disease is a top priority of many health-related agencies and organizations, including the UN AIDS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local public health and epidemiology departments. Identification and localization of changes in risk behaviors and disease can dramatically improve public health outcomes and reduce health-related costs,

HIV status Topic Technology Risk HIV - Populations HIV Prevention

MMT CARE for HIV Prevention: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Li Li
active
local

Abstract: This project uses a combination prevention approach to respond to the urgent need for improved quality of services at methadone maintenance therapy clinics, provider-client interactions, and client outcomes.

We conduct the 5-year randomized controlled trial that targets methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) programs in China. Applying the principles of combination prevention,

HIV status Substance Use Education Adults Global Impact Topic HIV Prevention HIV - Populations

Mobile Phone Adherence and Prevention Support for People Living with HIV in India

Dallas Swendeman
Dallas Swendeman
completed
international

The 2.3 million persons living with HIV (PLH) in India are being offered access to anti-retroviral therapies (ARV) by the government. ARVs offer the possibility of improving the individual’s health and to reduce transmission by decreasing viral load. Yet, non-adherence remains high, typically around 50% (WHO, 2008). Mobile phones have been used in the US and globally to increase ARV adherence among PLH.

Populations Living with HIV HIV status HIV+ Topic Technology Global Impact HIV Prevention Adherence

Mobile Technology and Incentives (Motives) for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Los Angeles

Sebastian Linnemayr (sebastian_linnemayr@rand.org)
ALLISON, SUSANNAH (allisonsu@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $257,938

Abstract:  HIV disproportionately affects sexual and gender minorities such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW). These individuals do not always receive the most up-to-date information on rapidly evolving guidelines in a time of new prevention technologies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis, leading to confusion in the face of recent HIV prevention developments.

HIV - Populations Technology Topic HIV status MSM Adherence Transgender Risk

Mopati: A Pilot HIV Treatment Partner Intervention in Botswana

Laura Bogart (LBOGART@RAND.ORG)
Laura Bogart (LBOGART@RAND.ORG)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES / FY Total Cost by IC: $241,074

Abstract:Botswana has the second-highest HIV prevalence in the world. Low-cost, scalable interventions are essential to support people living with HIV to adhere to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and remain in care. One such intervention is the use of treatment partners, which are recommended by HIV treatment guidelines in at least 20 countries worldwide.

Education Topic HIV Prevention Adherence Policy Impact

MSM and Substances Cohort at UCLA Linking Infections Noting Effects (Masculine)

Pamina Gorbach (pgorbach@ucla.edu), Steven Shoptaw (SShoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
CHAND, NARESH (nchand@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $1,488,949

Abstract: This application in response to NIDA PAR 12-222 Cohort Studies of HIV/AIDS and Substance Use (U01) seeks to leverage extensive existing infrastructure and cohorts at the University of California, Los Angeles to launch a new cohort of substance using minority (Black or Hispanic) men who have sex with men (MMSM).

HIV+ Substance Use STDs and STIs Populations HIV status HIV - Adults MSM Topic Youth and Adolescents People of Color (POC) Adherence

MSM and Substances Cohort at UCLA Linking Infections Noting Effects (MASCULINE)

Pamina Gorbach (pgorbach@ucla.edu)
DUNSTON, SHEBA KING (dunstonsk@mail.nih.gov)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC:$6,264

Abstract: The purpose of this summer research internship is to expose the selected student intern to theories, methods, clinical issues, public health issues, and community-based research addressing addiction treatment, as well as its intersection with HIV prevention. The intern will have direct access to experts in Addiction Medicine,

Topic MSM HIV Prevention Researcher Program Education Populations

Multilevel Integration Strategies to Enhance Service Provider Networks in Vietnam

Li Li (lililili@ucla.edu)
WILEY, TISHA R A (tisha.wiley@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $501,180

Abstract: Globally, organizational and system interventions are needed to provide integrated services to address the needs of people living with HIV who use drugs (PLHWUD), including other comorbid conditions. Community health and service workforce can be mobilized to promote service integration, which is particularly critical in low- and middle-income countries.

Comorbidities Living with HIV Populations HIV status Substance Use HIV+ Topic Global Impact

Multimodal Interventions to Improve Adherence to Oral Tenofovir/Emtricitabine as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in Women in Southern California

Raphael Landovitz
active
local

Abstract: Daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) as part of a combination prevention package has been shown to be effective for HIV prevention in randomized control trials of MSM and heterosexual men and women at risk for HIV infection; however, some studies in African women have shown lack of efficacy that is believed to be in large part due to inadequate PrEP adherence.

HIV - Women HIV status Adherence Topic Global Impact PreP and nPEP Biomedical Populations

MWCCS Covid-19 Supplement Activities

Roger Detels (detels@ucla.edu)
Roger Detels (detels@ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL HEART, LUNG, AND BLOOD INSTITUTE/ FY Total Cost by IC:$110,256

Abstract: COVID-19 cases continue to rise, with over 3,000,000 cases and 130,000 deaths in the US and almost 12 million cases worldwide to date. Manifestations of SARS CoV-2 infection range from asymptomatic to mild, moderate, or severe disease, and primarily affects the lung, but increasing data suggests involvement of other organ and blood systems.

HIV Prevention Risk Topic

Natural History of AIDS in Homosexual Men

Roger Detels
active
local

Abstract: The UCLA Center of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study proposes to continue to document clinical, immunologic, physiologic, behavioral, virologic, genetic and psychosocial changes in HIV-infected and -uninfected men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM). This includes proposed studies to document these changes in MSM recruited 1983-4 and 2001-2, as well as plans to recruit new untreated and recently treated HIV-infected MSM (primarily African- and Hispanic- Americans),

MSM HIV - Topic Populations HIV+ HIV status Education

NIDA Clinical Trials Network: Big South/West Node

Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $4,398,040

Abstract: The Big South/West Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) represents an expansion of the Texas Node that has been a part of the CTN since 2005. With this expansion, the node will now be guided by the shared leadership of Madhukar H. Trivedi, MD of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) Steven Shoptaw,

HIV Prevention Substance Use Comorbidities Topic Risk

NIMH Project Accept

Thomas J. Coates
completed
international

Project Accept is a Phase III randomized controlled trial of community mobilization, mobile testing, same-day results, and post-test support for HIV in in sub-Saharan Africa and Thailand. Thirty-four communities in Africa (South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe) and 14 communities in Thailand are randomized to receive either a community-based HIV voluntary counseling and testing (CBVCT) intervention plus standard clinic-based VCT (SVCT),

HIV Prevention Topic Global Impact Stigma Reduction Populations Education HIV status Living with HIV Adults HIV -

Nsindikanjake Vocational Training Project

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D
completed
international

Socio-economic status plays an important role in HIV risk and prevention. Specifically, poverty can lead to survival sex and unprotected sex. The Nsindikanjake Vocational Training Project, a collaboration between UCLA and the Uganda Youth Development League (UYDEL), aims to reduce HIV risk among urban Ugandan youth through vocational education and training.

Risk HIV status Populations HIV Prevention Global Impact Substance Use Youth and Adolescents Topic HIV -

Optimizing Access to nPEP for HIV Using Contingency Management in Stimulant-Using MSM

Cathy J. Reback
Cathy J. Reback
completed
local
The majority of new HIV infections across Los Angeles County continue to be found among men who have sex with other men (MSM). Within MSM, stimulant abuse, particularly methamphetamine abuse, is the major factor in driving new infections, primarily via behavioral disinhibition contributing MSM methamphetamine users to engage in extremely high-risk sexual transmission behaviors.
Risk Topic Biomedical HIV status Populations PreP and nPEP MSM HIV - HIV Prevention Substance Use

Oral and Dental Consequences of Methamphetamine Use

completed
local
Burgeoning clinical reports and media coverage link methamphetamine (MA) use with accelerated and extensive dental deterioration, leading to the common moniker “meth mouth”. The oral effects may be exacerbated in immune-compromised individuals who are at increased risk for caries and periodontal disease. Despite the emergent personal and societal impact, actual occurrence of the condition is unclear,
Substance Use Topic HIV status

P-QUAD Study

Raphael Landovitz
Raphael Landovitz
completed
local
PQUAD is a pilot project to evaluate the acceptability, safety, and feasibility of delivering community-based HIV post-exposure prophylaxis in diverse Los Angeles County communities. It is a joint venture of UCLA, the Los Angeles Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP), the Department of Public Health Sexually Transmitted Disease Program, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA),
Substance Use MSM Biomedical PreP and nPEP Topic HIV status People of Color (POC) HIV Prevention HIV - Populations

Penile Hygiene

Thomas J. Coates
completed
international

This feasibility study investigates promotion of an existing social norm, post-coital penile cleansing, and its potential as an HIV prevention behavioral intervention.

We test participants’ ability to understand the study-specific counseling and consistently adhere to a genital hygiene regimen. One feature of this HIV prevention feasibility trial will be the ability to measure participants’ adherence to respective randomization arms by taking penile swabs before,

Topic Global Impact STDs and STIs HIV status Populations Comorbidities HIV Prevention HIV -

Philani- Cape Town

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.
Mary Jane Rotheram
completed
international

There are four intersecting epidemics among pregnant women in South Africa: hazardous alcohol use (30%), HIV (27%), TB (60% of HIV+), img_5313and malnutrition (24% of infants). Unless the prevention programs for these epidemics are horizontally integrated, there will never be adequate resources to address these challenges and stigma will dramatically reduce program utilization.

HIV - Comorbidities HIV+ Topic Substance Use Living with HIV Women HIV status HIV Prevention Populations

Pilot Intervention to Empower HIV Clients as Prevention Advocates in Uganda

Laura Bogart
active
local

Abstract:  People living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) have a critical role to play in HIV prevention, not only in the context of Prevention for Positives and Treatment as Prevention, but as powerful change agents for HIV protective behaviors among others. Our research suggests that as PLHA receive HIV treatment and restore their health and functioning,

HIV status Topic Stigma Reduction Living with HIV Populations Adherence Global Impact HIV+

Pilot Test of a Collaborative Care Team for Medical Inpatients with Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders

Allison Ober (ober@rand.org)
DANOVITCH, ITAI (itai.danovitch@cshs.org)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $270,125

Abstract: The specific aims of this three-year R34 are to prepare for a clinical trial by (1) developing the protocol and resources for a consultation-liaison service-based collaborative care team (CCT) intervention to address untreated opioid and alcohol use disorders (OAUDs) among hospitalized inpatients and actively link them to follow-up care,

Biomedical Risk Researcher Program Substance Use Topic

Popular Opinion Leader HIV Intervention among Chinese Market Workers

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D
Dallas Swendeman
completed
international
This project is part of the NIMH Collaborative HIV/STD Prevention Trial which adopts a two-arm, randomized community-level design to test the Popular Opinion Leader (POL) HIV prevention intervention model at five international sites (China, India, Peru, Russia, and Zimbabwe). CCH is the lead on the China site.

China, representing 1/4th of the world’s population,

HIV - Stigma Reduction HIV+ HIV status Populations Topic Adults Global Impact HIV Prevention

Postdoctoral Training in Global AIDS Prevention Research

Pamina Gorbach (pgorbach@ucla.edu)
Pamina Gorbach (pgorbach@ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $100,565

Abstract:This is a competing continuation of the UCLA training program to prepare physician and social/behavioral scientists for academic research careers focused on Global HIV/AIDS Prevention. Despite the remarkable advances in prevention of new HIV infections and treatment of HIV disease, significant challenges remain that highlight the need for integrating behavioral science and biomedical approaches.

Researcher Program Topic

PRIDE

Debra Murphy, PhD
completed
local

Adherence to therapy is now more important than ever in HIV/AIDS care due to recent advances in HIV therapeutics. Poor adherence to antiretroviral drugs can result in the development of resistance by HIV to multiple drugs–and to whole classes of drugs. Such development of resistant HIV strains poses a potential public health danger.

Populations Living with HIV Topic Education Adherence HIV+ HIV status

Project BURMESE: Buddhist Understanding and Reduction of Myanmarese Experiences of HIV Stigma and Exclusion

Chen, Wei-Ti (wchen@sonnet.ucla.edu)
Chen, Wei-Ti (wchen@sonnet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC: FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER / FY Total Cost by IC: $190,802

Abstract: Myanmar is facing a looming HIV crisis and is listed as a “country of concern” by UNAIDS. After the first case of HIV was diagnosed in Myanmar in 1988, and the HIV epidemic rapidly escalated over the next decade, in particular among marginalized populations, such as substance users and sex workers.

Topic Stigma Reduction HIV Prevention Risk

Project i (Prevention Among Homeless Youth)

completed
international

A number of studies have informed us about the substantial risk for HIV associated with chronic homelessness among youth in both the U.S. and Australia, even though these studies have typically been cross-sectional or samples of convenience. To understand the high seroprevalence rates among older homeless youth, the developmental trajectories into and out of risk for HIV and homelessness can best be understood from longitudinal studies of first time runaways,

HIV - Populations HIV Prevention HIV status Homelessness Topic Youth and Adolescents Global Impact

Project Tech Support

Cathy J. Reback
Cathy J. Reback
completed
local

Interventions, Training Manuals, etc: 

Out-of-treatment, methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men (MSM) are at extreme risk of HIV acquisition and transmission, predominantly through high-risk sexual behaviors that are facilitated by use of the drug. Project Tech Support study enrolls 50 out-of-treatment, methamphetamine-using MSM into an information technology (IT) communication intervention.

HIV+ Topic Substance Use Adherence HIV status Populations MSM HIV Prevention

Promoting Migrant Health Through HIV Awareness

completed
international

For some Mexican migrants, the opportunities for receiving HIV-related interventions may be quite limited, especially for migrants who are in transition from one locale to another and who may not have the residential stability oftentimes required by HIV prevention programs.  Such transient populations may benefit from HIV prevention programs provided by individuals with similar backgrounds as theirs who are able to provide HIV-related information in informal one-on-one settings in the migrants’ own environments. 

Populations HIV - Global Impact People of Color (POC) Education Topic Adults HIV status HIV Prevention

Promoting Reductions in Intersectional Stigma to Improve HIV Testing and PrEP Use Among Latino Sexual Minority Men

Laura Bogart (laura_bogart@rand.org)
GREENWOOD, GREGORY (gregory.greenwood@nih.gov)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH + NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES / FY Total Cost by IC: $715,688

Abstract: HIV prevention continuum disparities persist among Latinos in the U.S., especially those who are immigrants and sexual minority men (SMM). Latinos tend to be diagnosed with HIV (i.e., tested) at a later disease stage and use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at much lower rates than do Whites. However,

People of Color (POC) Adherence PreP and nPEP Adults Populations Risk Topic HIV Prevention

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage Stability: Implications for Chronic Disease Management and Use of Preventative Services

DIANE TAN (diane.tan@ucla.edu)
COLSTON, CARMEN M
completed
local
Funding IC: AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY / FY Total Cost by IC:$41,931

Abstract:  Unstable health insurance coverage (i.e., gaining and/or losing coverage over time) affects millions of individuals in the US. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped 16.4 million of the uninsured gain coverage through the expansion of Medicaid in 31 states (including the District of Columbia as of September 1,

Adherence People of Color (POC) Topic Policy Impact HIV status Adults Populations

Recruiting and Engaging Adolescents in Creating Hope (Project REACH)

Norweeta Milburn
completed
local
Project REACH aims to create an effective recruitment and retention method for family interventions for substance abuse and adapt culturally-appropriate substance abuse programs targeting African American adolescents who are enrolled in Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) schools and their parents (parents includes an adult guardian). Targeted Risk Group:  Probation youth and their families in Los Angeles Research Methods:  The project has two phases.
Families HIV - Topic HIV status HIV Prevention Populations Substance Use Youth and Adolescents

Rectal Transmission of STIs/HIV among Women

Pamina Gorbach
completed
local

While the prevalence and epidemiology of rectal sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are well characterized among men who have sex with men (MSM), little is known about rectal STIs in women. Evidence demonstrates that women also practice anal intercourse (AI) and are therefore at risk for these infections. The proposed study will investigate contextual factors as well as the prevalence and correlates of rectal STIs among women attending public sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics in Los Angeles County (LAC) and determine if women who report substance use have differing risks for rectal STIs as compared to women who do not report substance use.

Comorbidities Substance Use Risk Topic HIV status HIV - STDs and STIs Women Populations

Resiliency Education to Reduce Depression Disparities

Jeanne Miranda (Co-I)
active
local

Abstract: Depression is the leading cause of adult disability and common among lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) adults. Primary care depression quality improvement (QI) programs can improve outcomes for minorities more significantly than for nonminorities, but they are seldom available in safety-net systems. We build on findings from Community Partners in Care (CPIC) and Building Resiliency and Increasing Community Hope (B-RICH).

Stigma Reduction Adherence Comorbidities MSM Populations Topic Mental Health CBOs Adults

Risk and Protective Factors for Adherence to Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PreP) in Transwomen of Color

Erik Storholm (storholm@rand.org)
JENKINS, RICHARD A (jenkinsri@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $262,330

Abstract: Transgender women (TW) are currently the SGM population at highest risk for HIV infection in the United States, especially those who are racial/ethnic minorities. TW also report the highest levels of discrimination, victimization, traumatic life events, and other stressful experiences and are of the highest risk groups for substance abuse and mental health problems.

PreP and nPEP HIV Prevention HIV status HIV - People of Color (POC) Biomedical Populations Transgender Topic

Safety Counts

Mary jane Rotheram, Ph.D
completed
local

Drug users have a high risk of HIV infection. Because certain neighborhoods have higher levels of substance abuse, HIV risk becomes related to geography as well. Thus, there is need for local street outreach programs such as Safety Counts.

Research Methods:

In a quasi experimental,
HIV - Topic HIV status Populations HIV Prevention Substance Use Adults

Screen, Treat and Retain Meth-Using People with Opioid Use Disorders at MMT Clinics (STAR-OM)

Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
LE, GIANG M (leminhgiang@hmu.edu.vn)
active
international
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $473,025

Abstract: We propose to develop and evaluate optimal combinations of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to improve HIV outcomes and reduce methamphetamine use among people with opioid use disorder (OUD) who are in methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) in Vietnam (STAR-OM study). Over the past decade, the expansion of MMT has contributed to stemming both HIV and opioid epidemics.

Topic Global Impact Substance Use Risk Technology

Siempre Seguire: A Pilot Intervention to Improve Coping With Discrimination and Adherence Among HIV-Positive Latino MSM

Laura Bogart (laura_bogart@rand.org)
SENN, THERESA ELAINE (teri.senn@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH/ FY Total Cost by IC: $194,834

Abstract: HIV-related disparities in diagnosis and disease outcomes persist among Latinos, and Latinos living with HIV show a lower percentage of viral suppression compared to the general HIV-positive population. A growing body of work suggests that stigma and discrimination contribute to health disparities, especially among people living with HIV,

MSM Stigma Reduction Topic Mental Health Adherence Comorbidities Populations HIV+ People of Color (POC) HIV status Living with HIV

SMS as an Incentive to Adhere (SITA)

Sebastian Linnemayr
active
local

Abstract: HIV care requires high medication adherence to achieve optimal clinical outcomes such as slowing the progression to AIDS. Youths face special and unique challenges to adherence. Despite a wealth of interventions designed to increase adherence outcomes, few have focused on interventions that are sustainable in resource-limited settings,

Living with HIV Adults Global Impact Topic HIV status Adherence HIV+ Youth and Adolescents Populations Technology

SNS-Based Data Mining to Understand MSM Substance Use and HIV Risk Behavior

IAN HOLLOWAY (holloway@luskin.ucla.edu)
SCHULDEN, JEFFREY D (schuldenj@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $154,000

Abstract: HIV incidence among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (hereafter MSM) continues to rise, driven in part by substance use. MSM are increasingly using social networking sites (SNS) to find substance use and sexual partners. However, no studies currently exist that use automated,

HIV status Risk Topic HIV Prevention MSM Technology Populations Substance Use HIV -

South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR)

Jesse Clark (jlclark@mednet.ucla.edu)
STOFF, DAVID M (dstoff@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC:$269,645

Abstract: Effective HIV prevention interventions require the integrated analysis of behavioral, biological, and social transmission patterns within specific cultural contexts. The South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR) program offers developing investigators from the U.S. an intensive, structured program of education and practical research training on comprehensive HIV prevention in an international environment.

HIV status HIV - Education Global Impact Researcher Program Topic

South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR)

Jesse Clark (jlclark@mednet.ucla.edu)
Jesse Clark (jlclark@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
international
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $255,193

Abstract: Effective HIV prevention interventions require the integrated analysis of behavioral, biological, and social transmission patterns within specific cultural contexts. The South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR) program offers developing investigators from the U.S. an intensive, structured program of education and practical research training on comprehensive HIV prevention in an international environment.

Researcher Program HIV Prevention Education Topic

Staying healthy: Taking Antiretrovirals Regularly (STAR)

Debra Murphy, PhD
completed
local
Adherence with prescribed medication regimens is critically important for patients with HIV infection, due to recent advances in HIV therapeutics. Due to the unique nature of the drugs they take (e.g., rapid development of viral resistance when only minimal doses are missed) as well as complexity of the medication regimens, there is an urgent need to develop interventions to assist patients in medication compliance.
Populations Living with HIV Topic Adults Adherence HIV+ HIV status

STI Screening as a Combined HIV Prevention Platform for MSM in Peru

Jesse Clark
active
local

Abstract: Periodic counseling, testing, and treatment for rectal sexually transmitted infections (STIs) provides a multi- dimensional platform to integrate behavioral and biological HIV prevention strategies for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Peru. Rectal STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia are key risk factors for HIV acquisition among MSM,

Topic Populations MSM HIV status STDs and STIs Comorbidities HIV - HIV Prevention People of Color (POC) Global Impact

Still Climbin’: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Improve Coping with Discrimination, Address Medical Mistrust, and Reduce Health Disparities among Black Sexual Minority Men

Laura Bogart (laura_bogart@rand.org)
GILLMAN, ARIELLE SAMANTHA (arielle.gillman@nih.gov)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/ FY Total Cost by IC: $566,690

Abstract: Black men, especially Black sexual minority men (SMM), are negatively affected by health and healthcare disparities: They show worse outcomes for preventable conditions and preventable complications from chronic conditions, and are less likely to engage with healthcare than are White men and women. Moreover, Black SMM display strikingly high rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Risk Populations Topic STDs and STIs HIV Prevention People of Color (POC)

Street Smart (US)

Marguerita Lightfoot
Norweeta Milburn
completed
national

Runaway and homeless youth have a national seroprevalence rate of 2.3%, a rate about six times higher than adolescents in the major AIDS epicenters.

Links to Interventions, Training Manuals, etc. :

Targeted at homeless and runaway youth,

HIV status Homelessness HIV Prevention Populations Topic Youth and Adolescents HIV - Substance Use

Street Smart Uganda; UYDEL

Marguerita Lightfoot
Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D
completed
international

Targeted Risk Group: 

Urban Ugandan youth (UYDEL)

Street Smart was an intensive HIV/AIDS program for slum youths whose behaviors place them at risk of becoming HIV infected. It was implemented in collaboration with Uganda Youth Development Link.

Based on the fact that adolescence is a time of experimentation and developmental change in behavior,

HIV Prevention HIV - Youth and Adolescents Risk Populations Topic HIV status Homelessness Global Impact

Structural Pathways for South African Men to Reduce Substance Abuse and HIV

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.
Dallas Swendeman, Ph.D.
completed
international

Young men aged 18-25 years in South Africa face the intersecting epidemics of HIV, alcohol and drug abuse, and unemployment. This R34 is designed to reduce young men’s risk by addressing three problems with existing evidence-based programs (EBP): interventions are not designed considering men’s fight-flight coping strategy; donors are unwilling to invest in substance abusing men;

Youth and Adolescents Adults Global Impact HIV Prevention Populations HIV - Risk People of Color (POC) Substance Use Topic HIV status

Support To Reunite, Involve and Value Each Other (STRIVE)

Norweeta Milburn
Norweeta Milburn
completed
local

The STRIVE program aimed to improve residential stability and the quality of residential life, reduce the number of runaway episodes, as well as reduce HIV-related sexual and substance use risk acts. Family conflict is found to cause runaway episodes for youth. Targeting newly homeless youth, this study developed and implemented a 5-session family-based intervention.

Homelessness HIV status Populations HIV - Families Youth and Adolescents Substance Use Risk HIV Prevention Topic

Syphilis immunology and biology to improve clinical management and vaccine design

Jeffrey Klausner (jdklausner@med.usc.edu)
Jeffrey Klausner (jdklausner@med.usc.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES/ FY Total Cost by IC: $666,190

Abstract: The proposed study will help substantially advance understanding of the immunology, biology, and detection of syphilis, through studying newly identified cases of in Lima, Peru, where syphilis is hyper-endemic. Syphilis remains a serious disease with significant adverse clinical outcomes including neurological, ophthalmic, and cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, despite over 100 years of research in the biology of Treponema pallidum,

HIV Prevention Biomedical Topic

TEA for Families and Children: A Randomized Intervention Trial

Li Li
Li Li
completed
international
Funding IC:  EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT / FY Total Cost by IC: $511,460

Abstract: This 5-year project is a randomized controlled trial of the TEA (Together for Empowerment Activities) intervention. TEA intervention is an innovative, theoretically-based, culturally sensitive family intervention for HIV-affected families in rural China. The intervention will have six sessions (plus a preparation session) delivered at three levels simultaneously: 1) TEA Gathering (small group for parents living with HIV (PLH) and their family members),

Topic Stigma Reduction HIV+ Families Living with HIV HIV status Global Impact Populations

Teaching, Raising, and Communicating with Kids (TRACK)

Debra Murphy, PhD
completed
local

The purpose of this 3-year R01 is to test the preliminary efficacy of an intervention to assist HIV-infected mothers to disclose their serostatus to their young (age 6 – 12 year old), well children.

The basis for development of this intervention is work from two R01s (MH # 5R01MH057207,

Women Populations Topic Stigma Reduction HIV+ Education Families Youth and Adolescents Living with HIV HIV status

Teens and Adults Learning to Communicate (TALC: LA)

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.
Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.
completed
local

Project TALC was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to evaluate the efficacy of a family-based intervention over time and to contrast the life adjustments of HIV-affected families and their non-HIV-affected neighbors in the current treatment era. Mothers living with HIV (MLH; n = 339) and their school-age children (n = 259) were randomly assigned to receive a behavioral intervention or standard care as the control condition.

Families HIV+ Women Youth and Adolescents HIV status Populations Topic Substance Use Living with HIV Mental Health Adherence

Teens and Adults Learning to Communicate (TALC: NYC)

Mary Jane Rotheram Ph.D.
Mary Jane Rotheram
completed
national

Teens and Adults Learning to Communicate

Project TALC was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and is an intervention designed to improve behavior and mental health outcomes among parents with AIDS and their adolescent children. The study sample was comprised of 307 financially-needy,

Living with HIV Adherence HIV status Youth and Adolescents Populations Families Stigma Reduction Mental Health HIV+ Topic People of Color (POC) Women

Testing of an HIV Prevention Card Game for the Angolan Armed Forces

completed
international

Brief overview: The goals of this pilot study are to evaluate the effectiveness and cultural applicability of a game that promotes greater awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention messages.  By using a consumer driven approach and adapting innovations from computer and video gaming, a low-cost prevention tool can be produced and utilized throughout a resource-poor country that is threatened by rising HIV infections.

HIV Prevention HIV status Adults Global Impact Populations Education HIV - Topic Technology People of Color (POC)

Text Me, Girl! – Text Messaging to Improve Linkage, Retention and Health Outcomes among HIV-positive Young Transgender Women

Cathy Reback
active
local

Abstract: Young trans women experience a number of psychosocial challenges including discrimination, prejudice, stigmatization, and social/economic marginalization, which stand as obstacles to linkage and retention in HIV care and ART medication adherence. Due to these challenges, and their often transient nature, a text-messaging HIV intervention that is easily accessible,

Adherence Transgender HIV status Populations HIV+ Mental Health Technology Topic

The Alexis Project

Cathy Reback (reback@friendsresearch.org)
Cathy Reback (reback@friendsresearch.org)
active
local

Abstract: Trans women of color experience a number of psychosocial challenges including discrimination, prejudice, stigmatization, and social/economic marginalization, which stand as obstacles to HIV care and other needed services. The Alexis Project* employs a multi-tiered, comprehensive approach, which includes network, individual and structural components to identify,

Topic Adherence Transgender HIV status Populations HIV+

The BARS Study: Building Agent Based Models of Racialized Justice System Study in Black MSM

Nina Harawa (Site PI); nharawa@mednet.ucla.edu
John Schneider; jschnei1@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu
completed
local
Total Funding: $38,102 (NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE)

Abstract:  Large disparities in HIV rates in black men who have sex with men (BMSM) are not explained by higher engagement in risky behaviors and are particularly high among younger MSM. Despite the efficacy of several prevention interventions, reducing these disparities requires approaches that maximally engage these men’s social and sexual networks.

HIV - Topic HIV status People of Color (POC) MSM Incarcerated HIV Prevention Populations Substance Use

The impact of cannabinoids on inflammation, HIV viral load and symptoms of distress among persons living with HIV

Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC:  $156,368

Abstract: This Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) will provide Dr. Chukwuemeka N. Okafor with training and expertise needed to facilitate his transition toward research independence in HIV and drug use prevention research. Dr. Okafor’s proposed training plan is designed to build upon his previous work in HIV and drug use epidemiology to increase his knowledge and expertise in: (1) the design,

Risk Policy Impact Mental Health Biomedical Substance Use Topic

The Influence of PreP Stigma Among Black and Latino MSM PreP Adopters

Ron Brooks (rabrooks@mednet.ucla.edu)
STIRRATT, MICHAEL J (stirrattm@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $156,526

Abstract: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a biomedical HIV prevention strategy with the potential to reduce the rate of new HIV infection among black and Latino men who have sex with men (BLMSM), two populations at the center of the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic. However, the social stigma currently associated with the use of PrEP (i.e.

HIV - MSM Topic People of Color (POC) HIV status PreP and nPEP Populations Stigma Reduction Biomedical

The TransAction Program

Cathy J. Reback
Cathy J. Reback
completed
local

Many male-to-female transgender women are at high-risk of HIV infection as a result of several socio-cultural conditions, such as low income, high unemployment, lower levels of education, and unstable housing. Economic necessity, as a result of severe unemployment and housing discrimination, results in a reliance on sex work to secure food,

Transgender HIV Prevention HIV status Populations Substance Use Topic HIV -

The UCLA HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program

Norweeta Milburn
active
local

Abstract: The NIH Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce recently released a set of recommendations to improve the diversity of the research workforce, including establishing a “system of mentorship “networks” for underrepresented minority students that will provide career guidance throughout their career development.” To that end,

HIV status Populations Topic HIV - Risk Education Researcher Program Substance Use

The UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program

Norweeta Milburn (nmilburn@mednet.ucla.edu)
Norweeta Milburn (nmilburn@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC:$377,991

Abstract: This R25 renewal application responds to PAR-16-224 for continued funding for the UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP). Our Program’s mission is to provide training and mentorship to early career postdoctoral scholars whose focus is reducing substance abuse and transmission of HIV in underserved populations at high risk for traumatic stress and health disparities.

Researcher Program Topic HIV Prevention

Theory-Based Text Messaging to Reduce Methamphetamine Use and HIV Risks Among MSM

Cathy Reback (reback@friendsresearch.org)
LAO, GUIFANG (laog@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE / FY Total Cost by IC: $464,688

Abstract: Methamphetamine use among men who have sex with men (MSM) is deeply integrated into socio-sexual networks including physical risk venues such as circuit parties, sex clubs, and bathhouses and digital spaces such as cell phone applications, websites, and digital chat rooms to “hook up” for sex. Thus,

Substance Use HIV+ Technology HIV Prevention Populations Topic HIV status MSM HIV - Adherence

Together Learning Choices (TLC)

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.
Dallas Swendeman
completed
national

TLC (Together Learning Choices) is an HIV prevention and health promotion intervention developed for HIV-positive teens and youth (ages 13 to 29). TLC is delivered in small groups using cognitive-behavioral strategies to change behavior. It provides young people living with HIV the tools and skills necessary to live their best lives and to be able to make healthy choices.

People of Color (POC) HIV+ Adherence HIV status Youth and Adolescents Populations Topic HIV Prevention Living with HIV

Trajectories of socially regulated gene expression, methamphetamine use, and viral load among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) receiving contingency management

Michael J. Li (mjli@mednet.ucla.edu)
Michael J. Li (mjli@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $189,401

Abstract: he K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award will provide Dr. Michael Li with invaluable research experience, mentored training from interdisciplinary faculty, and training activities in a combination of behavioral and basic sciences, which will prepare him well in his career as a biobehavioral researcher in addiction medicine and HIV treatment/prevention.

Topic Biomedical Families Populations Substance Use HIV+ HIV status Adherence

Transprep: Social Network-Based PreP Adherence for Transgender Women in Peru

Jesse Clark (jlclark@mednet.ucla.edu)
STIRRATT, MICHAEL J (stirrattm@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH / FY Total Cost by IC: $141,615

Abstract: The effectiveness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for reducing HIV transmission is strongly dependent on adherence, which is influenced by individual, social, and structural factors. We propose a social network-based intervention to promote PrEP adherence among transgender women (TW) in Lima, Peru: 1) Formative research. To optimize content for a PrEP adherence intervention,

Topic PreP and nPEP Populations HIV status Adults HIV - Transgender People of Color (POC) Global Impact Adherence

Treatment Advocacy Intervention for HIV-Positive African Americans

Laura Bogart (laura_bogart@rand.org)
ALVIDREZ, JENNIFER L (alvidrezjl@mail.nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/ FY Total Cost by IC: $280,511

Abstract: Compared to other races/ethnicities, African Americans with HIV have lower levels of engagement in care, are less likely to be on antiretroviral treatment (ART), and are more likely to delay care and ART initiation; those on ART are less likely to be adherent at high enough levels for the treatment to be effective.

HIV+ HIV status Stigma Reduction Adherence Populations People of Color (POC) Topic

UCLA Rapid, Relevant, Rigorous Implementation Science Hub

Steven Shoptaw (sshoptaw@mednet.ucla.edu)
GORDON, CHRISTOPHER M (cgordon1@mail.nih.gov)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERY AMD INFECTIOUS DISEASES/ FY Total Cost by IC:$313,156

Abstract: Implementation science (IS) plays an increasingly important role in the advancement of HIV research. Inherently multidisciplinary, IS recognizes that healthcare systems often struggle to provide high quality services with limited resources and offers a growing number of evidence-based strategies for incorporating research investments in order to improve healthcare value and public health.

Topic HIV Prevention Researcher Program

UCLA Thai MOPH Epidemiology Training Program on AIDS

Roger Detels (detels@ucla.edu)
Sung-Jae Lee (sjlee@mednet.ucla.edu)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE + FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER / FY Total Cost by IC: $160,000

Abstract: Although the prevalence of HIV in Thailand has been declining recently among the general population, the level remains high among drug users (20%+), MSM (8-22%) and sex workers (7% among direct sex workers and 21% among street walkers). A high proportion of infected individuals in need of treatment (currently set at 350 mm3 CD4 cells) still do not receive treatment,

MSM Researcher Program Global Impact HIV status Populations HIV+ Substance Use Topic Education Sex Workers

UCLA/Cambodia HIV/AIDS Training Program in Data Management and Analysis

Pamina Gorbach (pgorbach@ucla.edu)
BANSAL, GEETHA PARTHASARATHY (geetha.bansal@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE + FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER / FY Total Cost by IC: $289,346

Abstract: The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Cambodia increased sharply in the 1990s, reaching upwards of 40% among high-risk populations.2 While the prevalence rate declined to approximately 0.9% by 2006, it remains inflated among high-risk groups.3 In the wake of the epidemic, the Cambodian government initiated national data collection and disease monitoring efforts that have produced rich,

Researcher Program Topic Education HIV status Populations Global Impact HIV - HIV+ Policy Impact Risk

UCLA/China CDC Training Program in Advanced Research Methodologies

Roger Detels (detels@ucla.edu)
BANSAL, GEETHA PARTHASARATHY (geetha.bansal@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE + FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER / FY Total Cost by IC:$252,754

Abstract: China has implemented comprehensive nation-wide data collection on HIV diagnosis, treatment and survival of HIV/AIDS patients, and on participants in the drug replacement programs, which provides an invaluable resource for monitoring the programs and informing intervention strategies. However, China lacks enough well-trained research personnel to be able to analyze these large data sets.

Education Researcher Program Global Impact HIV status Populations Topic

UCLA/Myanmar Training Program in Advanced HIV/AIDS Methodologies

Roger Detels (detels@ucla.edu)
BANSAL, GEETHA PARTHASARATHY (geetha.bansal@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE + FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER / FY Total Cost by IC: $291,853

Abstract: Myanmar has one of the worst epidemics of HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia. Implementation of an effective HIV control program has been hampered by the isolation of Myanmar from the global community for more than 50 years. This isolation has prevented contemporary training in advanced research methodology for doctors and scientists in Myanmar.

Topic Education Researcher Program Global Impact

UCLA/Myanmar Training Program in Advanced HIV/AIDS Methodologies

Roger Detels (detels@ucla.edu)
Roger Detels (detels@ucla.edu)
completed
international
Funding IC:  FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER + NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $295,072

Abstract: Myanmar has one of the worst epidemics of HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia. Implementation of an effective HIV control program has been hampered by the isolation of Myanmar from the global community for more than 50 years. This isolation has prevented contemporary training in advanced research methodology for doctors and scientists in Myanmar.

Technology HIV Prevention Researcher Program

UCLA/Vietnam Training Program in Evaluation and Advanced Methodologies

Li Li (lililili@ucla.edu)
BANSAL, GEETHA PARTHASARATHY (geetha.bansal@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE + FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER/ FY Total Cost by IC:$299,113

Abstract: The UCLA School of Public Health and the Hanoi Medical University (HMU) in Vietnam propose to collaborate on a training program in advanced research methodology and HIV/AIDS. The proposed program will provide academic training at UCLA for MS and PhD trainees from Vietnam. The fieldwork for the MS theses and PhD dissertations will be conducted in Vietnam,

Global Impact Researcher Program Education HIV status Populations Topic

Uganda HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing Study

Thomas J. Coates
completed
international

 

The Uganda HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Study is a randomized clinical trial to evaluate strategies for optimizing risk reduction within the context of routine HIV VCT (rVCT) and fully integrating inpatient counseling and testing with post-discharge HIV medical care to ensure that diagnosed individuals receive access to care.

HIV+ Topic Living with HIV Researcher Program HIV Prevention Populations Adherence HIV status

Understanding and Engaging Families in HIV Biomedical Prevention for Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men

Nina Harawa (nharawa@mednet.ucla.edu)
Nina Harawa (nharawa@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES / FY Total Cost by IC:$129,465

Abstract: This K01 is submitted by Dr. del Pino, Associate Professor, from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). This proposal is the next step in his transition from philosophy to public health research. He seeks to reduce HIV disparities among Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) by analyzing family support data from three prospective cohort studies in Los Angeles and Chicago and by conducting formative research to leverage the siblings of Latino MSM in an HIV biomedical prevention intervention.

Populations Biomedical Families MSM People of Color (POC) HIV Prevention Topic

Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center

Ron Brooks
active
local

Abstract: The Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) will be comprised of a collaborative team of experts from the Department of Family Medicine and the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an expert from the University of California,

Youth and Adolescents Populations HIV+ Topic Adherence HIV status

Using data science to measure the impact of opioid agonist therapy in patients admitted with Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections

David, Goodman (dgoodman@mednet.ucla.edu)
David, Goodman (dgoodman@mednet.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $203,040

Abstract: This career development award will provide early career support for investigation of the management of infec- tious diseases in the setting of addiction in hospitals. The award will provide support for the candidate to develop expertise in the following areas: 1) addiction science research; 2) natural language processing;

Researcher Program Substance Use Comorbidities Topic Risk

uTECH: Machine Learning for HIV Prevention Among Substance Using GBMSM

Ian Holloway (holloway@luskin.ucla.edu)
Ian Holloway (holloway@luskin.ucla.edu)
active
local
Funding IC:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE/ FY Total Cost by IC: $13,728

Abstract: Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) are disproportionately impacted by HIV in the U.S. Substance use is an important influence on HIV risk among GBMSM; and partner seeking for both sex and substance use have largely moved online and to geosocial networking platforms designed for GBMSM (e.g.,

HIV Prevention Substance Use MSM Populations Topic Risk

Vaccine Interest and Benefit Evaluation (VIBE)

Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D
Dallas Swendeman
completed
local
Relatively few studies have addressed consumers’ potential responses after a hypothetical Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) vaccine becomes available for widespread use (e.g., vaccine acceptance, possible changes in risk behavior). Similar consumer research is used widely in the manufacturing industry to inform new product development, marketing and dissemination. We anticipate that the same type of consumer research will be valuable to inform the HIV vaccine research and policy communities to understand the potential demand for vaccines under development,
HIV Prevention HIV status Topic HIV - Populations

Vietnam – Development of a Family Intervention to Address Drug Use and HIV in Vietnam

Li Li
Li Li
completed
international

This two-year study will be conducted in Phu Tho Province, Vietnam in collaboration with the Vietnam National Institute of Hygiene & Epidemiology (NIHE). This study will develop and pilot an intervention aimed at increasing family support for IDU’s behavior change and family capacities to effectively cope with the impact of IDUs and HIV.

Families Living with HIV Substance Use Topic Mental Health Education HIV+ HIV status Populations

Voucher-based Incentives in a Prevention Setting (VIPS)

Cathy J. Reback
Cathy J. Reback
completed
local

Interventions, Training Manuals, etc. : 

Homelessness is a significant problem plaguing American cities and homeless substance abusers face increased risks. Homeless, gay and bisexual male abusers suffer approximately 80% seroprevalence and often engage in exchange sex and resist treatment for substance abuse.

HIV Prevention HIV+ Topic Substance Use HIV status Homelessness Populations MSM Adherence

Xiangya-UCLA HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Initiative

Li Li (lililili@ucla.edu)
BANSAL, GEETHA PARTHASARATHY (geetha.bansal@nih.gov)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE + FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER/ FY Total Cost by IC: $271,595

Abstract: The long-term objective of the Xiangya-UCLA HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Initiative is to enhance capacity at Xiangya School of Nursing (Central South University, Hunan, China) and affiliated institutions to conduct research addressing questions in HIV/AIDS nursing with a focus on mental health and management of cognitive/affective symptoms of HIV and concomitant conditions.

Mental Health Researcher Program Topic HIV status Global Impact Populations Education

Youth LIGHT

Norweeta Milburn (nmilburn@mednet.ucla.edu)
Norweeta Milburn (nmilburn@mednet.ucla.edu)
completed
national

Youth LIGHT was a study to address critical gaps in research on HIV/AIDS prevention with high risk youth, offering an opportunity to shift patterns of sexual risk behaviors among delinquent youth at risk of becoming HIV seropositive adults. An intervention with established efficacy for high risk adults, Project LIGHT, was adapted for high risk adolescents.

Homelessness HIV Prevention HIV status HIV - Populations Youth and Adolescents Topic

Youth Services Navigation Intervention for HIV+ Adolescents and Young Adults Being Released from Incarceration

William Cunningham (wcunningham@mednet.ucla.edu)
HARAWA, NINA THAWATA (NHarawa@mednet.ucla.edu)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES / FY Total Cost by IC: $708,966

Abstract: The continuum of HIV care has forced new focus on the urgency to identify and effectively serve high-need, under-resourced, and often transient populations to facilitate their receiving the necessary ongoing care and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to suppress HIV RNA viral load (VL). Crucial target groups for improving care along the continuum are young (aged 16-25),

Adherence Youth and Adolescents Populations Incarcerated HIV+ Topic HIV status Education

Youth Services Navigation Intervention for HIV+ adolescents and young adults being released from incarceration: A randomized control trial

Nina Harawa (nharawa@mednet.ucla.edu)
Nina Harawa (nharawa@mednet.ucla.edu)
completed
local
Funding IC: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES / FY Total Cost by IC: $708,966

Abstract: The continuum of HIV care has forced new focus on the urgency to identify and effectively serve high-need, under-resourced, and often transient populations to facilitate their receiving the necessary ongoing care and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to suppress HIV RNA viral load (VL). Crucial target groups for improving care along the continuum are young (aged 16-25),

Mental Health Living with HIV Youth and Adolescents PreP and nPEP Adherence People of Color (POC) Topic HIV Prevention Homelessness Populations

¡Tu Vales!: An HIV Testing Campaign for Latino Day Laborers

completed
local

Project Name: 

¡Tu Vales!:  An HIV Testing Campaign for Latino Day Laborers

Some Latino men involved in high risk behaviors have been found to be more likely to choose to get tested for HIV when the HIV test is “bundled” with other tests.

Topic People of Color (POC) HIV - Adults HIV Prevention HIV status Populations