Local, National, and Global HIV/AIDS Research & Resources | Fall/Winter 2016
NIMH re-funds CAPS for another five years & CAPS 30th Anniversary!
Welcome to our 2nd quarterly e-newsletter! This issue highlights new research projects from CAPS VII, the CAPS 30th Anniversary Celebration, and NIMH re-funding for another 5 years. Updates include our newly funded research, updated fact sheet on stigma, the launch of the new CAPS/PRC website, awards, and new staff!

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In This Issue
  1. CAPS 30th Anniversary
  2. NIMH re-funds CAPS for 5 years
  3. New California Projects
  4. New International Projects
  5. Featured: Updated fact sheet on stigma and HIV prevention
  6. New website launch
  7. Announcements
Leader Pelosi congratulates CAPS!
On Friday, November 4th, CAPS celebrated its 30th Anniversary at Mission Hall. The day commenced with a town hall with Steve Morin, past CAPS Director, as speaker. In the main reception, Marguerita Lightfoot delivered the Directors' Remarks, and speakers included Dr. Robert Wachter, Tom Coates, Susan Kegeles, Xavier Johnson (Congresswoman Barbara Lee's representative), and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi herself.

"The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded $8.5 million over five years to UC San Francisco’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) to continue conducting cutting-edge prevention research to help achieve local, national and global goals to end the AIDS epidemic." -Jeff Sheehy, UCSF ARI

New research in California

Rx Pix: A Novel Way to Assess Antiretroviral Adherence

Payra Saberi examines if patients’ monthly text messaged photos of HIV medication bottles and use of other remotely measured adherence indicators accurately estimate medication adherence. Rx Pix aims to address social and structural barriers to HIV care and minimize the risk of virologic failure through early detection of non-adherence.

Engaging transgender women living with HIV in care

Jae Sevelius found that engaging transgender women living with HIV in care matters. Now, the first theory-driven, population-specific, pilot intervention that systematically addresses complex barriers to optimal HIV care engagement among transgender women living with HIV in San Francisco and Los Angeles is being developing and implemented.  

AIDS Policy Research Center 

Wayne Steward positions the AIDS Policy Research Center and its partners to research HIV policy issues. The evaluation of patient-centered medical homes and the examination of health reform on HIV primary care access will generate information on populations facing access barriers and complex health conditions.

New international research

HIV Prevention and Care for Peruvian MSM and Transgender

Susan Kegeles is working with the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MoH) and local healthcare facilities to implement Proyecto Orgullo+ (PO+). PO+ is an integrated intervention for MSM and transgender women who live with HIV in Peru that will facilitate engagement in the Continuum of Prevention and Care.

Couples in Malawi and relationship factors that affect HIV care engagement

Amy Conroy is leading a mixed-methods study that aims to identify relationship-level barriers and facilitators that affect engagement in the HIV care continuum among couples in Malawi. This will inform the development of a preliminary intervention to optimize engagement in the HIV care continuum for the couples. 

Tel-Me-Box: A novel and low-cost device for ART adherence

Maria Ekstrand and her team have developed "Tel-Me-Box," a small and low-cost device that monitors adherence in real-time by transmitting a signal to a server when opened. They will test hardware that will wirelessly program the device to activate reminders after inactivity. 

Peer navigation for improving HIV care engagement for MSM living with HIV in South Africa

Tim Lane and his team are designing a peer navigation intervention among South African men who have sex with men (MSM) and live with HIV. They will conduct a multi-site efficacy trial and compare continuum of care outcomes of the intervention group to those receiving standard referrals to care.

Learn about how stigma affects HIV prevention and treatment with our recently update fact sheet!
HIV-related stigma is a significant problem globally. HIV stigma inflicts hardship and suffering on people living with HIV and interferes with research, prevention, treatment, care and support efforts.

Download full fact sheet

More updated fact sheets will be coming soon!
  • Prevention Research Center (PRC) branding and description
  • New look & mobile-friendly design 
  • Social media integration
  • User-friendly library that lists our Research (mid-December '16)
  • Searchable and easy-to-access library of Resources, including fact sheets, templates, and more (mid-December '16)
Note: We will continue to update the site during December 2016 and January 2017.
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The mission of Center for AIDS Prevention Studies is to end the HIV epidemic and associated health and social disparities by conducting high impact HIV prevention science and building capacity among researchers and communities to effectively address HIV. Project #: 2P30MH062246
The mission of the UCSF Prevention Research Center is to maintain an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners to design and implement prevention research aimed at answering significant and innovative HIV research questions and promoting the wide use of practices proven to promote health for those infected and affected by HIV. Project #: 5U48DP004998 
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