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Enhancing HIV Treatment Adherence in South India: The Chetana Study

The study brings together researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. The overall goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of a promising Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) adherence-enhancing intervention grounded in Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) that addresses the needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV).

Enhancing HIV Treatment Adherence in South India: The Chetana Study

The study brings together researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. The overall goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of a promising Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) adherence-enhancing intervention grounded in Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) that addresses the needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV).

HIV Prevention among Township Men Who Have Sex with Men in South Africa

This project has two aims: To describe collective and individual belief systems of low-income township men who have sex with men (MSM) related to their sexuality, sexual health, choice of sexual partners, use of drugs and alcohol, use of condoms, utilization of health services, HIV voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and disclosure of HIV status, in order to describe prevailing cultural norms around these subjects’ behaviors To assess the prevalence of HIV risk factors and

HIV Prevention for Middle Adulthood Gay Men: A Formative Research Project

We are conducting an exploratory, qualitative study of middle-adulthood gay and bisexual men, ages 30-49. The study’s objective is to identify the significant psychosocial needs of gay and bisexual men in middle adulthood that might be addressed as part of a culturally grounded, targeted HIV-prevention effort. We will recruit 15 to 25 men from community venues in the San Francisco Bay area known to be frequented by gay and bisexual men such as bars, clubs, parks, gyms, cafés, and the Internet.

iAspire

The purpose of this project is to evaluate an existing HIV prevention intervention, the Employment Services Program, a vocational rehabilitation program for HIV+ persons at the Positive Resource Center (PRC) in San Francisco. The Employment Services Program is an innovative and comprehensive program that helps clients overcome structural barriers (poverty, homelessness) to HIV prevention and care.

Oakland Community Research Consortium

CAPS and the AIDS Project East Bay (APEB) will build a coalition of health sciences investigators at UCSF, community-based organizations that serve the African American community, and community members to answer significant scientific STI/HIV research questions. We aim to: Develop a research coalition to identify significant research questions and design, implement and disseminate appropriate and scientifically-rigorous research projects that address STI/HIV health disparities in the Af

Substance Use and HIV Prevention Research in Minority Communities Training Program

The Substance Use and HIV Prevention Research in Minority Communities training program addresses the urgent need for culturally-competent prevention research in racial and ethnic minority communities targeting the intersection of substance use and HIV.

Toward Understanding Community Mobilization for HIV Prevention in the African Context

Increasingly HIV prevention specialists are focusing efforts on community social mobilization (CSM) strategies as a powerful and sustainable means of combating the HIV epidemic. This study aims to Develop a conceptual definition of CSM, including exploration of dimensions of CSM appropriate to the context of rural South Africa.

Formative Research to Assess HIV Risk among MSM in Nepal

This study aims to meet the need for in-depth formative research to develop an evidence-based and theorydriven HIV prevention intervention with MSM in Nepal.

Rapid HIV Testing in Labor and Delivery in California

This three-year capacity building project targets labor and delivery departments in 120 California hospitals to implement HIV rapid testing with women presenting in labor with no previous documented HIV test or prenatal care. These women may be the hardest-to-reach populations who prefer to avoid contact with the health care system, such as migrant women, undocumented women, drug-addicted women, women who engage in sex work, and women with a child protective services history.

Strategies for Promoting Male Circumcision through Voluntary Counseling and Testing in Rural Sub-Saharan African Communities

This project is designed to assess logistical and sociocultural challenges involved in promoting male circumcision (MC) as a method of HIV prevention. The project took place in two sites: Mutoko, a rural district in the Mashonaland East Province of Zimbabwe and Vulindlela, a rural district in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa. These communities are high HIV prevalence, resource-limited environments where MC is not traditionally practiced.

Understanding the HIV Risk and Protective Behaviors of Young Business Process Outsourcing Center Employees in the Philippines

This project focuses on the HIV prevention needs of young adults employed in business process outsourcing (BPO) centers in the Philippines. The BPO industry is projected to create 303,000 new jobs by 2010, with the total BPO workforce reaching 1.1 million in the Philippines. The overall goal of the proposed project is to utilize qualitative research methods to gain a better understanding of the complexity of sexual risk and protective behaviors of these young adults.

Evaluation of Patient Perspectives on Routine HIV Screening in Health Care Settings

In collaboration with investigators at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, we are developing and pilot testing a set of evaluation tools for use by clinical sites implementing routine HIV screening in primary care settings in accord with updated guidelines released by the CDC in 2006.

Men of Asia and the Pacific Testing for HIV (MATH)

The Men of Asia Testing for HIV (MATH) study is a national collaboration between several community-based organizations, health centers, academic institutions, laboratories, and health agencies. Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, this project will study the HIV prevalence, incidence, and behavioral correlates of HIV infection among 2,000 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) men who have sex with men (MSM).

Positive Prevention in Mozambique

Facilitated by The Twinning Center, the UCSF School of Nursing has partnered with the Ministry of Health in Mozambique in order to adapt, pilot, and implement an US evidence-based Positive Prevention (PP) intervention within rural Mozambique.

Transitions Project

The Transitions Project provides capacity building assistance (CBA) and technical assistance to community-based organizations (CBOs) and health departments throughout the US to promote knowledgeable, sensitive, and effective HIV/AIDS prevention for transgender communities of color and HIV+ transgender people. The project particularly focuses on young transgender women of color.

Application of Weighted Time-Series to Address Bias in Evaluation of Clinic- and Community-Level Research

This study will use simulation to develop, test and apply new analytic methods (weighted time-series) for evaluation of community-level interventions. It will then compare results using weighted time-series and conventional methods within the context of a clinic-level intervention to provide family-centered HIV care, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and prevention services at Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES), a community-based organization in Kenya.

Application of Weighted Time-Series to Address Bias in Evaluation of Clinic- and Community-Level Research

This study will use simulation to develop, test and apply new analytic methods (weighted time-series) for evaluation of community-level interventions. It will then compare results using weighted time-series and conventional methods within the context of a clinic-level intervention to provide family-centered HIV care, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and prevention services at Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES), a community-based organization in Kenya.

Formative Study of the Role of Gender, Ethnicity and Sexual Orientation in the Provision of Prevention Counseling with HIV+ Patients

We will conduct formative research to inform the design of a discrete choice experiment (DCE) that will quantitatively assess the relative importance of gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation in providers’ decisions to provide Prevention with Positives (PWP) counseling. In the DCE, providers will be presented a variety of scenarios in which factors that impact provision of PWP counseling are varied.

AIDS Education and Training Centers’ HIV Recommendations Training Initiative

Six Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC) local performance sites (LPSs) will target medical settings for activities to promote and support expanded HIV testing, per the 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings.