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Capacity Building Assistance Project [summary]

UCSF has a long and successful history of delivering Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) to Community-based Organizations (CBO), going back to the beginning of the epidemic. We provide information dissemination services, training, and technical assistance (TA), including the facilitation of peer-to-peer learning.

Cochrane Review Group on HIV/AIDS [summary]

The Cochrane Collaborative Review Group on HIV Infection and AIDS (Cochrane HIV/AIDS Group) is one of 52 Collaborative Review Groups of the Cochrane Collaboration.

Homeless Female Offenders Returning to the Community: Improving Hopeful Futures

The goals of the study are to reduce drug and alcohol use and recidivism among homeless female offenders (HFOs) in California. To achieve these goals, our team of UCLA and UCSF researchers plan to utilize our successful community participatory approaches to refine a gender-sensitive intervention program, Female Ex-Offender Mentoring in Care (FEM-CARE), with the help of a community advisory board.

Improving Mental Health through Integration with Primary Care in Rural Karnataka

The overall goal of this study is to improve screening, diagnoses and treatment of Common Mental Disorders among individuals with dual mental illness and cardiovascular disease diagnoses in rural South India. The multi-level intervention uses a collaborative care model that will be tested in a cluster RCT and includes low-cost, evidence-based sustainable strategies targeting multiple chronic diseases. This five-year study is being conducted in collaboration with our colleagues at St.

Multilevel HIV Prevention Intervention for Young African American Men

HIV prevalence and incidence rates have reached catastrophic levels among Young black Men who have sex with Men (YBMSM), ages 18-29. The goal of this project is to determine the efficacy of a Multilevel, theory- based Intervention, calld United Black Element (UBE), in reducing YBMSM's sexual risk behavior and increasing the frequency of HIV testing.

SIP16-003 Small Media Interventions to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening among Chinese Americans

Project Director/Lead Investigator: Tung Nguyen, MD (UCSF PI); Janice Y.

Technology-based adaptive treatment strategies for antiretroviral adherence

The Achilles heel of successful HIV treatment is adherence to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, as non-adherence remains one of the strongest predictors of progression to AIDS and death. The recognition of the supportive role of technology for ARV adherence by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services underscores the importance of the need for stronger evidence of the effectiveness of these interventions.

Identifying Opportunities for HIV Prevention with Female Migrants in Kenya

This 5-year research program addresses a neglected topic of HIV prevention research: HIV risks to female migrants in sub-Saharan Africa.

Bruthas Project Randomized Controlled Trial

This study is a collaboration between CAPS and the California Prevention and Education Project (CAL-PEP) in Oakland, CA, with valuable contributions from our research consultant at Brown University.

Gay Couples Study

The Gay Couples Study Continuation is a five year longitudinal study that seeks to identify and examine relationship dynamics in gay couples and how those dynamics affect sexual risk behaviors with primary and outside partners. Relationship dynamics include issues such as communication style, power dynamics, interpersonal relations, and agreements around sex. Other objectives include exploring broken agreements, internal (or safety) agreements, and HIV testing rates for gay couples.

HSIL Outcome Study (HOST) - AMC supplement

This randomized phase III trial compares topical or ablative treatment with active monitoring in preventing anal cancer in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL). Anal HSIL is tissue in the anal canal that has been damaged by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) and is at risk for turning into anal cancer.

New Challenges in HIV Prevention for Gay Male Couples

As HIV research and prevention efforts increasingly target gay men in relationships, situational factors such as couple serostatus and agreements about sex become central to examinations of risk. Discordant gay couples are of particular interest because the risk of HIV infection is seemingly near-at-hand.

SHEROES: Culturally relevant sexual risk reduction among high risk transgender women

The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of SHEROES, a theory-driven, culturally grounded intervention to reduce sexual risk behavior among male-to-female transgender women (transwomen) at risk for HIV acquisition or transmission. HIV prevalence estimates among this population are markedly higher than estimates for other at-risk groups, and transwomen also experience severe stigma, discrimination, alienation, poverty, and victimization.

Technology to connect at-risk youth to testing

Among the numerous health disparities disproportionately burdening people of color, HIV/AIDS is Among the highest. In the African American community the HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the most urgent public health issues. In order to address the health disparity in HIV/AIDS, detection of HIV in the African American community is crucial. the benefits for early detection of HIV include potentially prolonged duration and quality of life for those living with the virus.

UFO Presents!

UFO Presents! is a CDC-funded program aimed at the meeting the broader needs of youth and young adults with injection risk. We will provide hepatitis prevention and care education, and develop and implement programmatic materials for hepatitis C virus (HCV) counseling and education.

Influence of Stigma and Discrimination on HIV Risk among Men in China

This is a three-phase study to identify the specific mechanisms by which MSM stigma affect sexual risk behaviors among MSM in Beijing, China. In Phase 1, we will explore the range of management strategies used to cope with MSM stigma via 30 in-depth qualitative interviews with MSM. In Phase 2, we will develop, using Phase 1 qualitative data and adapting existing quantitative scales, culturally-relevant measures of explanatory constructs of interest (e.g., MSM stigma management) to establish re

Influence of Stigma and Discrimination on HIV Risk among Men in China

This is a three-phase study to identify the specific mechanisms by which MSM stigma affect sexual risk behaviors among MSM in Beijing, China. In Phase 1, we will explore the range of management strategies used to cope with MSM stigma via 30 in-depth qualitative interviews with MSM. In Phase 2, we will develop, using Phase 1 qualitative data and adapting existing quantitative scales, culturally-relevant measures of explanatory constructs of interest (e.g., MSM stigma management

Project STYLE (“Strength Through Youth Livin’ Empowered”)

Young Black men who have sex with men (MSM) have high rates of HIV infection and are less likely to receive HIV treatment than men of other racial groups.

Relationship Factors and HIV Treatment Adherence

This competing renewal application builds upon the success of our project "Relationship Factors and HIV Treatment Adherence" (R01NR010187) also known as the "Duo Project". The parent grant has been successful thus far and the process and findings have informed the aims of this renewal application. Being in a primary Relationship is generally accepted as resulting in logistic and emotional support that provides health- promoting benefits.

SIP14-012 Mailing FIT kits to improve colorectal cancer screening, a partnership with San Francisco Department of Public Health

Project Director/Lead Investigator: Ma Somsouk, MD (UCSF PI); Uri Ladabaum (Stanford Co-PI); Eric Vittinghoff (Co-I); Ellen Chen (Co-I);  Marguerita Lightfoot, PhD (UCSF PRC PI) Research Findings Summary This study enrolled more than 9,500 patients - men and women ages 50-75 - from six clinics in the San Francisco Health Network. About half of them received routine care, while the other half were mailed a stool sample test kit called (FIT).