Past Projects

Mid-Atlantic PrEP (MAP) Study

Assessing the role that community and network factors have on YMSM's PrEP behaviors.

Young men who have sex with men (YMSM; ages 18-25 years) in the United States continue to be disproportionately affected by annual HIV incidence in the United States. YMSM have demonstrated a number of social and structural barriers to accessing biomedical HIV prevention methods like pre-expospure prophylaxis. In response, we launched the Mid-Atlantic PrEP (MAP) Study, which was a cross-sectional pilot surveillance research project that employed a resiliency-focused approach to explore factors that facilitated young men who have sex with men’s (YMSM; ages 18-25 years) engagement along the PrEP continuum. Participants were recruited along the Mid-Atlantic urban corridor (Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC) to complete a web-survey about their PrEP behaviors.

This research was supported by the Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium (MACC) Scholars Program, an inter-CFAR collaboration between the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (P30 AI 117970), the University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research (P30 AI 045008), and the Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research (P30 AI 094189). This collaboration is supported by the following NIH Co-Funding and Participating Institutes an Centers: NIAID, NCI, NICHD, NHLBI, NIDA, NIMH, NIA, FIC, NIGMS, NIDDK, and OAR. Findings from this project are solely the responsibility of the investigators and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Goals

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  1. To test the efficacy of an e-Health intervention for increasing HIV-negative or HIV-unknown YMSM's successful uptake of HIV prevention services (e.g. routine HIV/STI testing) and PrEP awareness and willingness, as compared to the attention-control condition over 12-month period.

  2.  To examine the quality of HIV test counseling and PrEP-related referrals to YMSM within local HIV/STI testing sites in three cities (Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Houston) through the use of mystery shoppers.

  3. Qualitatively assess testing sites' satisfaction with the biannual site reports and their improvements in service delivery when working with YMSM across the three regions

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