Local, National, and Global HIV/AIDS Research & Resources | Spring 2016
CAPS/UCSF PRC leading PrEP research!
Welcome to our new quarterly e-newsletter! This issue focuses on PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Read about our work on PrEP uptake and implementation in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Texas, and internationally. There are also CAPS updates to share, so take a look!  
In This Issue
  1. The Trans Community and PrEP 
  2. Local black MSM and PrEP Access
  3. Black MSM in TX and PrEP Use
  4. iPrex Open Label Extension
  5. International HIV/STI Programs for Transgender People 
  6. CAPS Technical Assistance
  7. Mpowerment Summit 2016
  8. CAPS Updates
"Trans Research-Informed communities United in Mobilization for the Prevention of HIV" or TRIUMPH is a community-led PrEP uptake intervention in Oakland and Sacramento. The California HIV/AIDS Research Project has awarded Jae Sevelius and her team $2.9 million to lead the demonstration project.

Janet Myers  is leading a community evaluation of PrEP access among young black men who have sex with men in " Connecting Resources for Urban Sexual Health" or the CRUSH Project. Between February 2014 and October 2015, CRUSH enrolled over 254 young black MSM in the PrEP access arm of the study. 
As part of a 2013 Mpowerment Project (MP) evaluation for young African American gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (YAAMSM) in Texas, Greg Rebchook found that PrEP use increased over time and that PrEP awareness and use was higher among those who reported participation in MP.

iPrex OLE Study  (Open Label Extension)
Based on qualitative findings in the U.S.Kim Koester and her team found that participants using PrEP felt a sense of security, less free-floating fear of HIV, and showed no increase in sexual risk-taking.
JoAnne Keatley and Angel Ventura from the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health worked with the United Nations Development Programme to develop the TRANSIT (Transgender Implementation Tool), which provides advice on implementing HIV/STI programs with trans people, including PrEP (p.84) The World Health Organization plans to publish a comprehensive guidance this year.
Learn about technical assistance for community organizations and local/state health departments!
We provide technical assistance (TA) to community-based organizations and local and state health departments to assist in the access, use, and implementation of HIV science; to strengthen programmatic and research processes; to develop stronger grant proposals; and to develop evidence-based policies.

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CBOs implementing the  Mpowerment Project (MP)  met with the MP National Advisory Board, the original UCSF MP Researchers, capacity-building assistance providers, and other MPs across the U.S.
CAPS Updates
Head shots of Dr. Wilson Vincent, TAPS fellow, and Susan Kegeles, CAPS Co-Director
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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.

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.