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In response to the increasing rates of HIV/STD infections among women over the age of 50, especially minority women, and in the attempt to reduce HIV/STD risks for over ten million older adult American women who are impacted by gray divorce and at risk for unsafe sex, the investigators will create, test, and commercialize a novel positive psychology-based "SmartWeb" intervention to promote wellbeing, HIV/STD awareness, and safe sex practices among culturally-diverse older divorced or separated women who are dating. This large end-user market for the proposed HIV/STD risk reduction intervention will greatly facilitate commercialization through advertisements, marketing research based on data mining, and in collaboration with manufacturers of condoms, and other large companies offering health products and services to older women.
The term "CHEMSEX", short for "chemicals" and "sex", is used to define the consumption, regardless of the route of administration, of drugs or substances for recreational use, in a sexual context. No published data is currently available concerning this practice in Reunion Island. However, an upsurge in cases of acute hepatitis C was observed at the end of 2016 (4 in 6 months) of which 3 were related to the practice of chemsex (data CeGGID Réunion) and the recent years have been marked by many cases related to drug trafficking and the arrival of substances still unknown on the island. Given the rapid emergence of the phenomenon in metropolitan France and in the rest of the world, serious consequences that are both psychological, addictological and infectious, to take stock of this practice among MSM patients followed in Reunion Island seems essential. to establish a rapid, adequate and effective prevention and action plan.
In this retrospective cohort study, we mapped the care cascades for both Hypertension and HIV within a HIV program in Uganda with the goal of identifying opportunities for developing contextually appropriate integrated care models, .
Persons with HIV can present vestibular system impairments, affecting postural stability. There is scarce literature related to the contribution of the visual and somatosensory systems in maintaining postural stability in persons with HIV. The purpose of this study is to describe the sensory systems used to maintain postural stability and how the sources of sensory information contributes to postural stability in asymptomatic persons with HIV. Postural stability was measured in 20 asymptomatic persons with HIV (11 male, 9 female, aged 43 ± 8 years). Static postural stability was evaluated during eight conditions that perturbed the visual, somatosensory and vestibular inputs. A paired-samples t-test was conducted to compare center of pressure (COP), antero-posterior displacement (APD) and right-left displacement (RLD) on stable and unstable surface and to characterize each balance sensory system. There was a significant difference in the COP and APD of eyes open condition compared to the remaining conditions on stable surface. Furthermore, there was a significant difference in the COP, APD and RLD for the eyes open on a foam surface compared to the remaining conditions on an unstable surface. Postural instability can be detected in asymptomatic persons with HIV under challenging conditions, previous to the evident appearance of balance impairments.
The aim of the study was to determine the knowledge attitudes, behaviours and practices of sex workers regarding HIV in Martinique, guadeloupe and Saint martin.
determine the Knowledge attitudes behaviours and practices regarding HIV of men who have sex with men in the French Antilles and French Guiana
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with Truvada™ (tenofovir/emtricitabine), in which an HIV-uninfected individual at high risk for contracting HIV takes antiretroviral medications (one pill daily) to maintain blood and genital drug levels sufficient to prevent HIV-1 acquisition, has been validated in several large international trials that have included men who have sex with men and transgender women, heterosexual men and women, and people who use injection drugs, as a potential HIV-1 prevention strategy. HIV prevention interventions such as this, if adequately disseminated and implemented broadly, may help to curb new HIV infections, reduce HIV-associated morbidity and mortality, and reduce health disparities in HIV rates among the most at-risk individuals. Assuring adherence to a daily dose of PrEP is critical for effective protection against HIV infection. A urine-based test to measure PrEP medication levels in the body represents a non-invasive technique to assess adherence and ultimately improve PrEP's protective ability. TAF/FTC (Descovy™) is a new medication under study for HIV prevention to see if it is as effective as Truvada™. This study is testing whether a urine test can detect this medication in urine.
Background: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is usually observed among patients with HIV infection. No study to date has investigated the impact of CMV infection on HIV viral load decay during antiretroviral therapy. Methods: 345 consecutive HIV patients coinfected (N=300) or not (N=45) with CMV were enrolled. Clinical, biological and virological data were collected from HIV antiretroviral therapy initiation to the day of HIV viral load undetectability if any.
Despite advances in HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention, Black youth account for the largest number of new HIV infections among heterosexual youth. Having a mental illness contributes to HIV/STI risk among heterosexually active Black youth, as some use sex as a means to manage psychological distress, regulate emotions and receive validation or acceptance. Current intervention models focus on cognitive-behavioral strategies to reduce risk among adolescents; however, these approaches in isolation do not address the psychopathology that further potentiates risk behaviors among adolescents with mental illnesses. This randomized controlled trial evaluated the effects of "Project GOLD", a theoretically-driven, gender and culturally relevant, developmentally and psychologically appropriate HIV/STI risk reduction intervention on the sexual behaviors of Black male and female adolescents in Philadelphia (aged 14-17). In addition to evidence-based HIV/STI preventions strategies (e.g., role playing), Project GOLD includes unique emotion regulation content to address the relationship between psychological distress and HIV/STI risk behaviors. The research team approached and screened 704 adolescents. Eighty-two participated in the elicitation research activities (e.g., focus groups, intervention dress rehearsal). Another 173 underwent a structured demographic and mental health diagnostic interview to determine RCT eligibility. Project GOLD was then tested with 108 Black youth in comparison to a general health promotion control condition (intervention n = 52; control n = 56). Youth who were not in psychiatric treatment were also included, as the investigators hypothesized that they would also benefit from the targeted psychoeducational content; post-hoc analyses examined differences in the intervention effects based on whether or not youth were in psychiatric treatment. The intervention had high feasibility and acceptability. These findings underscore the need to encourage HIV/STI testing and risk reduction efforts among Black youth, including those with mental illnesses.
This randomized controlled trial was implemented to evaluate the effect of integrating rapid Hepatitis C (HCV) testing into a pre-existing screening program for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) on HIV test acceptance and diagnosis of both HCV and HIV. A sample of 478 adults in a New York City Emergency Department participated in the study. Participants were randomized to receive either an offer of bundled HIV/HCV testing or HIV testing alone. Public Health Advocates approached eligible patients in the Emergency Department, performed HIV and HCV raid testing, and delivered test results to participants with post-test counseling. The primary outcome, HIV test acceptance, was compared between the two groups to evaluate whether the addition of an HCV test adversely impacted participants' consent to test for HIV. Questionnaires were also distributed to participants to assess HCV knowledge.