Megan Comfort

Investigación Conjunta para la Prevención del VIH con Poblaciones Encarceladas y sus Familias

En los EE.UU. existen más de 2 millones de personas adultas encarceladas y 4 millones más en libertad condicional. Las tasas de VIH son de 8 a 10 veces más altas para los encarcelados que para la población en general; las tasas de hepatitis C son de 9 a 10 veces más altas y las de enfermedades de transmisión sexual (ETS) entre hombres que recién ingresan a la cárcel alcanzan hasta un 35%.

Collaborative Research to Prevent HIV among Prisoners and their Families

There are more than two million adults incarcerated in the US and four million more on probation or parole. Rates of HIV are 8 to 10 times higher for incarcerated persons than for the general US population, hepatitis C rates are 9 to 10 times higher, and sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates among men entering jails are as high as 35%. Because many prisoners are serving short sentences for parole violation, and return to prison is common, at-risk individuals move frequently between prisons and their home communities.

Project Relate: HIV Risk among Male Parolees and Their Female Partners

This study explores HIV risk among men who were released from prison within the last year and are currently on parole and the women who are in sexual relationships with them. Couples are recruited from community sites in Oakland, CA for participation in a quantitative survey. The couple comes to an appointment together and then each person is interviewed separately by a gender-matched interviewer.

Ecosystems Therapy for Men Reintegrating into Their Family

Structural Ecosystems Therapy (SET) is an intervention designed to mobilize participants’ families and other ecosystem members (such as service providers) to support and motivate behavior change. In this study, the SET intervention was adapted with the goal of reducing HIV transmission risk behavior and increasing medical adherence among HIV+ men being released from prison.