Alberto Curotto

HIV Transmission Cluster Analysis to Inform Prevention

This research will evaluate how high-risk clusters and current prevention strategies affect HIV transmission patterns. There are a number of potential drivers of the epidemic, including substance use, undiagnosed infections and high number of sexual partners. However, it still remains unclear which drivers contribute to the epidemic with HIV transmission as the biological outcome. The study aims to characterize HIV clusters and correlates associated with transmission.

Red Internet

¿Cómo afecta la red Internet en la prevención del VIH?

¿por qué Internet?

Internet se ha convertido en una herramienta de conexión social que mediante unas pocas tecleadas une a personas que difícilmente se conocerían en el mundo físico. No es sorprendente que muchas personas con acceso a Internet la hayan usado para buscar amor, compañerismo y sexo.1 De hecho, el uso de Internet para buscar parejas sexuales es una práctica amplia entre hombres y mujeres de todas las edades.


How does the Internet affect HIV prevention?

why the Internet?

The Internet has become a remarkable social networking tool where people who once were unlikely to meet in the physical world are now only a few key strokes away. It is not surprising that many persons with access to the Internet have used it to find love, companionship and sex.1 In fact, using the Internet to find sexual partners is a widespread practice among men and women of all ages.

International Travel Research to Inform Prevention (I-TRIP)

I-TRIP studies sexual risk behavior in the context of international travel among gay and bisexual men from the San Francisco Bay Area. The specific aims are: To measure the prevalence of sexual risk behavior during international travel among gay and bisexual men from the Bay Area. To document the prevalence of ART drug resistance among gay and bisexual international travelers from the Bay Area. To examine the informational, motivational and behavioral skills correlates of safer sex disinhibition during international travel.

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.

Assessment of the Adaptation and Implementation of the Mpowerment Project

The objective of this project is to better understand how 12 community-based organizations (CBOs), funded under CDC’s program announcement 06-618, are implementing and adapting the Mpowerment Project (MP) for young men of color who have sex with other men and young transgendered people of color. This project’s specific goals are to:
  1. Review and summarize all available background information about the MP at these 12 CBOs (e.g., grantee original applications, progress reports, site visit reports, PEMS data)
  2. Develop site visit protocols tailored to each CBO, and conduct the sit