Developing new interventions to engage HIV-positive individuals in medical care and community prevention in Wisconsin
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Approximately 8,500 Wisconsin residents live with HIV, with the majority residing in the Milwaukee area. A disproportionately high number of recent infections are among racial minority men who have sex with men. Reducing HIV-related morbidity, mortality, and disease transmission will require research to develop a new generation of interventions to improve early disease detection, better engage people living with HIV to enter care, and improve their long-term adherence to medications. In the first 30 years of AIDS prevention, campaigns to reduce risk and change behavior limited the growth of the HIV epidemic, but did not stop it.
Recent groundbreaking clinical trials have shown that early treatment with anti-retroviral drugs is now the best available treatment and method of prevention. This presents an unprecedented opportunity to end AIDS by treating all infected persons, achieving wide scale viral suppression, and vastly reducing downstream disease incidence. However, achieving this goal will require the development of a new integrated research agenda that brings together behavioral, biomedical, and community expertise to rapidly translate new biomedical HIV prevention advances from clinical trials to interventions that can be implemented on a public health scale. Through this award, project investigators will develop and test the efficacy of novel interventions designed to reach HIV-positive persons in the community, engage them into medical care, increase treatment adherence, and thereby reduce onward transmission of HIV disease.
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Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
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