HIV and Hepatitis Health Disparities Update: January 2017

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This newsletter is developed by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts in collaboration with the New England AIDS Education and Training Center.

NEWS ROUNDUP

Editor’s Note: The Trump Administration, Health Policy, and the Affordable Care Act

In the nearly 7 years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010, there have been many unsuccessful attempts led by House Republicans to repeal the ACA entirely, change or eliminate some of its main provisions, or restrict the funding necessary to implement the law.  With the inauguration of President Donald Trump and the election of Republican majorities in the House and Senate, proposals to repeal and replace the ACA are now being pursued with renewed energy.  However, these efforts are also being met with strong opposition from supporters of the ACA who fear that many people, especially persons with low incomes or chronic conditions, may lose health coverage or be burdened with higher health care costs.

This issue, completed during the first week of the Trump Administration, is devoted largely to recent news about health policy changes expected under President Trump and the 115th Congress.  We have also included coverage of the hopes and concerns of proponents and opponents to the proposed changes in U.S. health care – with an emphasis on the impacts of these changes on the care and treatment of HIV and viral hepatitis.

 

President Trump’s First Executive Order Directs Agencies to Scale Back Parts of the ACA

On January 20, President Trump issued his first executive order, which explicitly states his Administration’s intention to promptly repeal the ACA and directs the heads of federal agencies and executive departments to scale back implementation of the law.  In particular, the order states that, “To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”

News summaries of the executive order published by Health Affairs, Kaiser Health News, the Associated Press, and elsewhere indicate, however, that its immediate impact may be limited.   Since the current healthcare rules under the ACA have already been incorporated into insurance company contracts for 2017, the order may have little effect on coverage this year.

In addition, as this issue went to press, no high-level political appointees had yet been installed at the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury, which have primary authority over the law.  President Trump had nominated secretaries for each of these departments – U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) for HHS, CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder for Labor, and Dune Capital Management CEO Steven Mnuchin for Treasury – but none had yet been confirmed.  Once the heads of these agencies are confirmed, the agencies will need time to develop policies implementing the executive order.

Republican members of Congress broadly support President Trump’s intention to repeal the ACA.  However, their views on which parts of the ACA should be replaced, modified, or retained vary widely, as evidenced by the differing provisions of the healthcare proposals that Republicans have floated before and after the 2016 election.  (See additional coverage of these proposals in the article below.) Negotiating, reaching consensus, and passing comprehensive healthcare legislation to replace the ACA will likely take considerable time.  ACA advocates are expected to fight hard to retain the law or, failing that, some of its key provisions, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions and premium subsidies for low- and middle-income persons.

Finally, assuming a new healthcare law is passed, new regulations implementing the legislation cannot be issued immediately.  They must follow an established process that requires a period of public notice and the opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposed regulations before they become law.  In fact, one of the provisions of Trump’s executive order explicitly acknowledges this: “To the extent that carrying out the directives in this order would require revision of regulations issued through notice-and-comment rulemaking, the heads of agencies shall comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable statutes in considering or promulgating such regulatory revisions.”

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Examines Proposals to Repeal and Replace ACA and Their Impact on Medicare

As described above, the repeal and replacement of the ACA is a top priority of the Trump Administration and Republican leadership of the 115th Congress.  Many ACA repeal-and-replace bills and other proposals have already been released, with more expected in the coming months.  Health policy analysts at the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) are preparing a series of issue briefs to help people understand the provisions of the different proposals and their expected impacts on health care access and costs.  KFF recently published the first two briefs: Comparison of Medicare Provisions in Recent Bills and Proposals to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act and Proposals to Replace the Affordable Care Act – Rep. Tom Price Proposal.

KFF analysts note that the ACA includes many provisions affecting the Medicare program, and that proposals to repeal and replace the law have taken varied approaches to the ACA’s Medicare provisions.  In its new Medicare brief, KFF provides a side-by-side comparison of the Medicare-related provisions in six bills and proposals that would repeal the ACA.  The bills and proposals compared in the KFF Medicare brief are:

  • “American Health Care Reform Act of 2017,” H.R. 277, introduced by Representative Phil Roe (R-TN), on behalf of the Republican Study Committee, in January 2017.
  • “A Better Way,” released by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in June 2016.
  • “World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan Act of 2016,” H.R. 5284 and S. 2985, introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in May 2016.
  • “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America,” FY2017 Budget Resolution, released by the House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), in March 2016.
  • “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015,” H.R. 3762, introduced by Rep. Price, passed by the House and Senate, and vetoed by President Barack Obama in February 2016.
  • “Empowering Patients First Act of 2015,” H.R. 2300, introduced by Rep. Price in May 2015.

KFF notes that two of these proposals would fully repeal the ACA, including all of its Medicare provisions, two would repeal some ACA Medicare provisions, one would retain all ACA Medicare provisions, and one does not specify what would happen to those provisions. The first part of the side-by-side comparison describes the Medicare provisions in the ACA that would be retained or repealed in each proposal. The second part of the comparison describes other ways in which the bills and proposals would change Medicare, including structural modifications to the Medicare program, such as premium support.

As mentioned above, KFF also released the first of several planned issue briefs providing more detailed summaries of several proposals to repeal and replace the ACA.  The new brief highlights important features of the “Empowering Patients First Act” (EPFA) introduced by Rep. Tom Price, who has been nominated by President Trump to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  If enacted unchanged, the EPFA would repeal the ACA, including its individual and employer mandates, private insurance rules, standards for minimum benefits, and cost sharing, and premium and cost-sharing subsidies.  The EFCA would provide refundable tax credits based on age to persons buying insurance in the individual market and require insurers to offer portability protections to persons who maintain continuous coverage.

The plan would also repeal the ACA’s prohibition of exclusions based on pre-existing conditions – which may be of particular concern for people living with HIV, viral hepatitis, and other chronic health conditions.  With some restrictions, the EFCA would allow insurers to exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions among persons they have recently insured and apply premium surcharges based on a person’s health status.

In future issues of this newsletter, we plan to provide summaries of, and links to, any future KFF issue briefs that describe the features of other proposals to repeal the ACA or preserve the Act and its provisions.

 

CBO/JCT: Repealing Portions of ACA Would Increase Uninsured by 18 Million in First Year

This month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released their analysis of the impact that one Republican-backed health insurance proposal would have on U.S. health insurance coverage and premiums.  The proposal – “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015” (H.R. 3762) – was passed by the U.S. House and Senate but later vetoed by President Barack Obama.

According to the CBO/JCT analysis, the bill includes two main sets of changes that would affect health insurance coverage and premiums.  “First, upon enactment, the bill would eliminate penalties associated with the requirements that most people obtain health insurance (also known as the individual mandate) and that large employers offer their employees health insurance that meets specified standards (also known as the employer mandate). Second, beginning roughly two years after enactment, the bill would also eliminate the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility and the subsidies available to people who purchase health insurance through a marketplace established by the ACA.  H.R. 3762 also contains other provisions that would have smaller effects on coverage and premiums.”

While noting that is difficult to predict how states, medical institutions, healthcare providers, insurers, employers, and individuals will respond to the changes in the healthcare system that would arise if H.R. 3762 becomes law, CBO and JCT have developed estimates “that are in the middle of the distribution of the potential outcomes.”

In brief, CBO and JCT conclude that, “The number of people who are uninsured would increase by 18 million in the first new plan year following enactment of the bill.  Later, after the elimination of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility and of subsidies for insurance purchased through the ACA marketplaces, that number would increase to 27 million, and then to 32 million in 2026.”

In addition, “Premiums in the nongroup market (for individual policies purchased through the marketplaces or directly from insurers) would increase by 20% to 25% – relative to projections under current law – in the first new plan year following enactment.  The increase would reach about 50% in the year following the elimination of the Medicaid expansion and the marketplace subsidies, and premiums would about double by 2026.”

It is worth noting that, unlike some other ACA-replacement proposals, which would repeal all aspects of ACA, H.R. 3762 would leave in place some ACA rules that govern health insurance marketplaces.  These include rules forbidding insurers from denying coverage or varying premiums based on a person’s health status or limiting coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions.  This distinction is important, because the elimination of these rules under some proposals would likely have further impacts on people’s access to healthcare coverage and the premiums they pay.  The CBO/JCT analysis concludes, “If the Congress considers legislation similar to H.R. 3762 in the coming weeks, the estimated effects could differ from those described here.  In particular, the response of individuals, insurers, and states would depend critically on the particular specifications contained in such legislation.”

 

HIV Medical Professionals Urge Congress to “Do No Harm” in Efforts to Repeal the ACA

On January 3, a group of more than 950 medical professionals sent an open letter to members of Congress urging them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without first establishing a viable replacement plan that will continue to offer affordable coverage to those eligible under the ACA, and to sustain the federal commitment to the Medicaid program.  The letter was signed by members of four HIV medical groups: the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition (RWMPC).

The letter states that, “Prior to the Affordable Care Act, a majority of our patients [living with HIV] were either denied health insurance coverage because of their condition or were unable to afford the extraordinary high cost of the coverage available to them.  In most states, Medicaid coverage was available to patients only after they became sick and disabled by AIDS.

The ACA leveled the health care playing field by barring plans from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based on health status, setting minimum health coverage standards, and providing premium and cost sharing assistance.  Importantly, it modernized the Medicaid program by expanding coverage to families and childless adults up to 138% of the federal poverty level regardless of disability status.”

The medical professionals strongly recommend that any changes to the ACA be grounded on three key principles:

  • “Do no harm” by fully taking into account “the medical needs of low income individuals with complex conditions, like HIV, to avoid dangerous disruptions in healthcare coverage for our patients with HIV and millions of others. Meaningful health insurance coverage options must offer uninterrupted, affordable coverage for a range of necessary medical services, including prescription drugs, preventive services, laboratory testing, and substance use and mental health treatment.”
  • “Sustain the federal commitment to the Medicaid program. Maintaining the current funding structure, including the federal entitlement, to the Medicaid program is critical so that states can respond to fluctuations in the demand for Medicaid coverage due to economic downturns, public health outbreaks such as the HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks in Scott County, Indiana, and medical advances, such as the recent development of curative hepatitis C treatment.”
  • “Continue Medicaid expansion.  In the 32 states (including the District of Columbia) that have expanded Medicaid, our poorest patients were offered access to comprehensive, affordable coverage with consumer protections tailored to their socioeconomic and medical needs.  Withdrawing this coverage will threaten the health of millions of Americans and be a significant setback to our nation’s public health, including to our efforts to end AIDS.”

 

HHS Finds ACA Plays Critical Role in Response to U.S. Opioid Epidemic

In March 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched its Opioid Initiative in response to the unprecedented epidemic of opioid use and overdose in the U.S.  Since then, HHS, state and local governments, and other stakeholders have taken steps to improve opioid prescribing practices, increase the use of naloxone to reverse overdoses, and expand access to medication-assisted substance use treatment in combination with psychological services.  “The success of these strategies – especially the third – rests on a base of health insurance coverage,” according to Continuing Progress on the Opioid Epidemic: The Role of the Affordable Care Act, an HHS issue brief released this month.

According to HHS, the share of hospitalizations for substance use or mental health disorders in which the patient was uninsured fell from 22% in the fourth quarter of 2013 (just before the ACA’s major coverage provisions took effect) to about 14% by the end of 2014.  In states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, the uninsured share of substance use or mental health disorder hospitalizations declined even more dramatically from about 20% in the fourth quarter of 2013 to just 5% by mid-2015.

The HHS brief also notes that, between 2010 and 2015, the share of people foregoing mental health care due to cost decreased by about one-third for people with incomes below 400% of the federal poverty level.

In addition, “The states with the highest drug overdose deaths also are projected to experience dramatic increases in their uninsured rates if the ACA were repealed: The top three – West Virginia, New Hampshire, and Kentucky – would see their uninsured rates nearly or more than triple if the ACA were repealed, as would Massachusetts.”

HHS concludes that, “many of the states most affected by drug overdose are also among the states with the most to lose if insurance coverage and associated protections under the ACA were rolled back.” Projected large increases in the number of uninsured persons “could substantially worsen the opioid crisis at a time when the emergence of illicitly made fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic opioids linked to large clusters of overdoses is rapidly increasing in communities across the U.S.”

 

HHS Issues Updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan for 2017-2020

HHS recently issued the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan), which the agency describes as “a new phase in the fight against viral hepatitis in the U.S.”  The updated plan includes the following vision statement summarizing the desired outcomes of the nation’s hepatitis policies and programs: “The U.S. will be a place where new viral hepatitis infections have been eliminated, where all people with chronic hepatitis B and C know their status, and everyone with chronic hepatitis B and C has access to high quality health care and curative treatments, free from stigma and discrimination.”

To achieve this vision, the Action Plan presents four main goals, together with strategies for achieving each goal, and indicators to track progress toward each goal between now and 2020.  For easy reference, we have extracted the goals and strategies below.

Goal 1: Prevent New Viral Hepatitis Infections

Strategies:

  • Increase community awareness of viral hepatitis and decrease stigma and discrimination;
  • Build capacity and support innovation by the health care workforce to prevent viral hepatitis;
  • Address critical data gaps and improve viral hepatitis surveillance;
  • Achieve universal hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination for children and vulnerable adults;
  • Eliminate mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B and hepatitis C;
  • Ensure that people who inject drugs have access to viral hepatitis prevention services;
  • Reduce the transmission of viral hepatitis in health care settings among patients and health care workers; and
  • Conduct research leading to new or improved viral hepatitis vaccines, diagnostic tests, and treatments, and the optimal use of existing tools to prevent, detect, and treat viral hepatitis.

Goal 2: Reduce Deaths and Improve the Health of People Living with Viral Hepatitis

Strategies:

  • Build the capacity of the healthcare workforce to diagnose viral hepatitis and provide care and treatment to persons living with chronic viral hepatitis;
  • Identify persons infected with viral hepatitis early in the course of their disease;
  • Improve access to and quality of care and treatment for persons infected with viral hepatitis;
  • Improve viral hepatitis treatment among persons living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Ensure that people who inject drugs have access to viral hepatitis care and evidence-based treatment services;
  • Expand access to and delivery of hepatitis prevention, care, and treatment services in correctional settings;
  • Monitor provision and impact of viral hepatitis care and treatment services; and
  • Advance research to enhance identification, care, treatment, and cure for persons infected with viral hepatitis.

Goal 3: Reduce Viral Hepatitis Health Disparities

Strategies:

  • Decrease health disparities by partnering with and educating priority populations and their communities about viral hepatitis and the benefits of available prevention, care, and treatment;
  • Improve access to care and the delivery of culturally competent and linguistically appropriate viral hepatitis prevention and care services;
  • Monitor viral hepatitis-associated health disparities in transmission, disease, and deaths; and
  • Advance basic, clinical, translational, and implementation research to improve understanding of and response to viral hepatitis health disparities.

Goal 4: Coordinate, Monitor, and Report on Implementation of Viral Hepatitis Activities

Strategies:

  • Increase coordination of viral hepatitis programs across the federal government and among federal agencies, state, territorial, Tribal, and local governments, as well as non-governmental stakeholders from all sectors of society;
  • Strengthen timely availability and use of data;
  • Encourage development of improved mechanisms to monitor and report on progress toward achieving national viral hepatitis goals; and
  • Regularly report on progress toward achieving the goals of the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan.

The full Action Plan includes additional information about the indicators used to track progress, as well as sections on the background of the Action Plan and its previous versions, resources to support community action related to viral hepatitis, information about the federal agencies and offices that are engaged in the Action Plan, and reports on recent progress in implementing U.S. viral hepatitis goals.

 

 

OTHER NEWS REPORTS AND MATERIALS

Lancet Paper Examines What Trump Presidency May Mean for Global Health

In a recent paper published online in The Lancet, three British and U.S. health policy analysts provide a scorecard for evaluating the potential impact of a Trump presidency and its expected policies on global health.  The scorecard, which draws on the health-related components of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, “can form the basis of a system to monitor and hold accountable global health leaders,” according to the analysts.  The system uses colors to categorize the level of risk of particular policies to health, with green indicating a low risk, amber a medium risk, and red a high risk.  Based on their review of the statements that President Trump has made before and after his election, his nominations for key administration positions, and the level of Congressional support for specific policies, the analysts have developed a preliminary scorecard anticipating the Trump Administration’s impact on global health.  The scorecard includes the following policy areas that can have a significant global health:

  • universal health coverage;
  • evidence-based health policy;
  • reproductive health;
  • vulnerable populations;
  • security and foreign policy;
  • aid and global health;
  • climate action;
  • trade and market integration;
  • employment and job insecurity;
  • social determinants of health and health inequalities; and
  • gun violence.

For quick reference, the analysts provide a color-coded summary of their scorecard, together with a more detailed review in the full article.  The analysts identify reasons for concern in each of the 11 policy areas – categorizing the risk of possible Trump policies as high in seven areas and medium in four.  They note, however, that “We do not see this scorecard as being definitive, and indeed it cannot be until there is greater certainty about what policies will be pursued, but we offer it as a basis for further discussion.”  They conclude by urging public health professionals and organizations to play an active role in shaping policy that promotes health and reduces health inequalities.

 

NIH Launches First Major Trial of a Long-Acting HIV Prevention Drug

The first major clinical trial of a long-acting injectable drug for HIV prevention (HPTN 083) began late last month.  The study, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will evaluate whether the antiretroviral drug cabotegravir, injected once every 8 weeks, can safely protect men and transgender women from HIV infection at least as well as Truvada.  Truvada, a once-daily pill that contains two antiretroviral drugs, is currently the only regimen that has been approved for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  The study will enroll 4,500 men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men at 45 sites in eight countries in the Americas, Asia, and Africa.  To be eligible for the study, participants must be at least 18 years old and at high risk for HIV infection.  Results from the trial are expected in 2021.  If injectable cabotegravir is found to be effective for HIV PrEP, it may be easier for some people to adhere to than daily oral Truvada.  “We urgently need more HIV prevention tools that fit easily into people’s lives,” noted Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Although daily oral Truvada clearly works for HIV prevention, taking a daily pill while feeling healthy can be difficult for some people. If proven effective, injectable cabotegravir has the potential to become an acceptable, discreet, and convenient alternative for HIV prevention.”

 

New HIV Prevention Report and Surveillance Slide Set from CDC

HIV Prevention Report: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a brief report, HIV Prevention in the United States: New Opportunities, New Expectations.  The publication summarizes the current state of the HIV epidemic in the U.S., as well as CDC’s HIV prevention priorities, gaps in HIV prevention at the state and local levels, and steps the agency is taking to accelerate progress in HIV prevention and care.  Regarding gaps in HIV prevention, the report notes that, “All states, particularly in the South, can do more to improve surveillance efforts and fully embrace new HIV prevention advances.”  CDC recommends that state and local agencies work to:

  • provide complete and timely data on all levels of CD4 and viral load;
  • ensure that anyone diagnosed with HIV is immediately linked to care and provided HIV treatment;
  • offer PrEP to anyone at substantial risk of becoming infected; and
  • use antigen/antibody combination HIV tests to diagnose HIV early and ensure prompt care and effective prevention.

To help states and communities maximize the impact of HIV prevention efforts, CDC is also pursuing initiatives to improve HIV surveillance by closing data gaps, including the lack of reliable data on HIV among transgender persons, and to increase understanding of HIV transmission through genetic analysis of HIV cases.  In addition, CDC is developing tools to identify communities vulnerable to HIV outbreaks and respond effectively when outbreaks occur.

Surveillance Maps Slide Set: CDC has developed a new slide set containing a series of maps based on data from its recently released 2015 HIV Surveillance Report.  The purpose of this new slide-set is to provide updated information on the national surveillance of HIV infection by state and U.S. dependent territories. Data is depicted using U.S. maps.  The slides include updated information about: the rates per 100,000 population of adults and adolescents living with diagnosed HIV infection; rates of adults and adolescents living with HIV who have ever had an AIDS diagnosis; rates of new HIV and new AIDS diagnoses in 2015; and cumulative cases of HIV infection from 1981 through 2015.  For the rates of HIV and AIDS, separate slides are provided for all race/ethnicities, as well as for the following racial and ethnic groups: American Indians/Alaska Natives; Asian Americans; Blacks/African Americans; Hispanics/Latinos; Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders; Whites; and persons of multiple races.

 

Recent HIV and Health Materials from Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has recently published several fact sheets and infographics that may be of interest to newsletter readers.  These include:

The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic – This updated fact sheet provides a summary of current HIV prevalence and incidence worldwide, prevention and treatment strategies, and the U.S. and global responses to the epidemic.

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – This fact sheet describes the history of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and considers its role in addressing the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, including information about PEPFAR’s treatment and prevention targets, results, and funding.

Health and Health Care for Blacks in the United States and Health and Health Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) – Although not specifically about HIV, these infographics present current information about demographics, health care access, health outcomes, and disparities among Blacks and American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 

AIDSinfo Updates Fact Sheets on HIV Drug Side Effects

On its AIDSinfo website, HHS recently posted updated versions of fact sheets that provide information on the side effects of HIV drugs. Each fact sheet includes a bulleted summary of key points about the topic, followed by more detailed information in question-and-answer format and a list of sources for people who wish to learn more.  The updated fact sheets, which are available in English and Spanish, include:

FEATURED HEALTH RESOURCES

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7)

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is being observed this year on Tuesday, February 7.  As has been the case for the past several years, the theme for NBHAAD in 2017 is: “I am My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper: FIGHT HIV/AIDS!”  According to NBHAAD organizers, the primary purpose of the event is to encourage Black Americans to:

  • Start talking – learn the facts about HIV and AIDS;
  • Get tested for HIV;
  • Protect themselves and their partners through HIV prevention; and
  • Get treated and remain in care if they are already living with HIV.

To help you and your patients or clients prepare for and mark NBHAAD, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS in the Black/African American community.

 

Fact Sheets and Reports

HIV Among African Americans.  Fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

HIV in the United States: At a Glance. This CDC report discusses the high rates of HIV infection seen among African Americans.

Diagnoses of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2015.  This 114-page CDC report includes detailed information about HIV and AIDS cases and deaths among Blacks/African Americans and other racial/ethnic groups.  Breakdowns are also provided by age, gender, HIV transmission category, and geographic region.

Black Americans and HIV/AIDS.  This three-page fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation was last updated in 2014.  It provides detailed information on HIV/AIDS among Black Americans in the following topic areas: snapshot of the epidemic, key trends and current cases, women and young people, gay and bisexual men, HIV transmission, geographic distribution of cases, access to and use of health care, HIV testing, and opinions about HIV/AIDS.

 

Selected Organizations and Websites

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Website:  This site provides background information about the awareness day, links to resources, a facility to register for NBHAAD events, and information about the Historically Black Colleges and Universities HIV/AIDS awareness initiative.

Black AIDS Institute:  The Black AIDS Institute is a leading organization addressing HIV/AIDS among Black Americans.  Their website provides detailed information on a range of programs and reports focusing on the impact of the epidemic on the Black community.  Recent reports include:

NMAC:  The NMAC website has extensive resources in support of its mission to develop leadership in communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

HIV/AIDS Resource Center for African Americans:  This section on TheBody.com website has links to numerous resources about HIV/AIDS in the Black community, as well as links to recent news articles, opinion pieces, and personal stories.

 

Selected Recent Articles About HIV/AIDS Among Blacks/African Americans

African Americans Taking ART Have High Incidence of Illness Associated with Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.  (AIDSmap)

Training Health Care Providers to Improve the Wellness of Black Gay Men.  (Poz)

Structural Inequalities Create Vulnerability to HIV for Black Gay Men in New York.  (AIDSmap)

U.S. PrEP Study Achieves High Levels of Engagement and Adherence Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men.  (AIDSmap)

What Determines Higher PrEP Adherence Among Black Gay and Bi Men?  (Poz)

Black Patients, Uninsured Less Likely to Receive Chemotherapy for HIV-Associated Lymphoma.  (Healio)

Grindr Reaches At-Risk Minority Gay and Bi Men with HIV Self-Testing Kits.  (Poz)

How Do You Talk About PrEP to Young Black Men at Risk for HIV?  (Beta Blog)

Poor Mental Health More Commonly Experienced by Gay and Bisexual Men Who Are Younger, Poorer, Less Educated or Black.  (AIDSmap)

As Women of Color Age, What Are Their HIV and Mental Health Needs?  (TheBody)

Study May Guide Effective PrEP Roll-Out in Young Black MSM.  (Project Inform)

Videos by Black Transgender Women Living with HIV in the South.  (Poz)

The Railroad: From Science to Delivery, Freeing Young Black Gay Men from a Tragic Trajectory.  (AVAC)

Tailored Programmes Encourage Black Gay Men to Start and Stay on PrEP in U.S. Study.  (AIDSmap)

HIV Control Rate Rising in San Francisco, but Blacks and Underinsured Lag. (HIV Treatment Alerts)

Half of Black Gay Men and a Quarter of Latino Gay Men Projected to Be Diagnosed Within Their Lifetime. (CDC)

 

Recent Research on the Continuum of Care/Treatment Cascade for HIV and Viral Hepatitis

This newsletter section includes the titles, authors, and links to abstracts of recent research related to the continuum of care for HIV and viral hepatitis. This includes research on interventions to increase awareness of HIV and/or viral hepatitis status through expanded testing; to increase linkage to and retention in care and treatment; and to attain and maintain desired health outcomes. Papers are listed alphabetically according to the lead author’s last name.

Predictors of Adult Retention in HIV Care: A Systematic Review.  By S.M. Bulsara, M.L. Wainberg, and T.R. Newton-John, in AIDS and Behavior.

Feasibility of Using HIV Care-Continuum Outcomes to Identify Geographic Areas for Targeted HIV Testing.  By A.D. Castel, I. Kuo, M. Mikre, and others, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

An Exploratory Study to Assess Individual and Structural Level Barriers Associated With Poor Retention and Re-engagement in Care Among Persons Living With HIV/AIDS.  By J. Colasanti, N. Stahl, E.W. Farber, and others, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Barriers and Facilitators Toward HIV Testing and Health Perceptions Among African-American Men Who Have Sex with Women at a South Side Chicago Community Health Center: A Pilot Study.  By I.J. Cooke, R.D. Jeremiah, N.J. Moore, and others, in Frontiers in Public Health.

“Out of Care” HIV Case Investigations: A Collaborative Analysis Across 6 States in the Northwest U.S.  By J.C. Dombrowski, J. Bove, J.C. Roscoe, and others, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

The South Carolina Rural-Urban HIV Continuum of Care.  By B. Edun, M. Iyer, H. Albrecht, and S. Weissman, in AIDS Care.

Optimizing the Timing of HIV Screening as Part of Routine Medical Care.  By M.R. Golden, J.P. Hughes, and J.C. Dombrowski, in AIDS Patient Care and STDs.

Promotion of Research on the HIV Continuum of Care in the United States: The CFAR HIV Continuum of Care/ECHPP Working Group.  By A.E. Greenberg, C.M. Gordon, and D.W. Purcell, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

National HIV Care Continua for Key Populations.  By S. Gupta and R. Granich, in Journal of the International Association of Providers in AIDS Care.

Disparities in Retention in HIV Care Among HIV-Infected Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in the District of Columbia, 2013.  By M.M. Morales-Alemán, J. Opoku, A. Murray, and others, in LGBT Health.

Defining the HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Care Continuum.  By A.S. Nunn, L. Brinkley-Rubinstein, C.E. Oldenburg, and others, in AIDS.

Longitudinal HIV Care Trajectories in North Carolina.  By K.A. Powers, E. Samoff, W.A. Weaver, and others, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Social Determinants of Health and Retention in HIV Care in a Clinical Cohort in Ontario, Canada.  By B. Rachlis, A.N. Burchell, S. Gardner, and others, in AIDS Care.

The Transgender Women of Color Initiative: Implementing and Evaluating Innovative Interventions to Enhance Engagement and Retention in HIV Care.  By G. Rebchook, J. Keatley, R. Contreras, and others, in American Journal of Public Health.

HCV Continuum of Care in the Interferon and Direct Acting Agent Eras among HIV Co-Infected Patients.  By J.L. Roberson and V.L. Kan, in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.

Association Between Engagement In-Care and Mortality in HIV-Positive Persons: A Cohort Study.  By C.A. Sabin, A. Howarth, S. Jose, and others, in AIDS.

CDC-Funded HIV Testing, HIV Positivity, and Linkage to HIV Medical Care in Non-Health Care Settings Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) in the United States.  By P. Seth, T. Walker, and A. Figueroa, in AIDS Care.

Barriers to Universal Prescribing of Antiretroviral Therapy by HIV Care Providers in the United States, 2013-2014.  By J. Weiser, J.T. Brooks, J. Skarbinski, and others, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

 

 

Research on HIV and Hepatitis Health Disparities and Affected Populations

This section includes the titles, authors, and links to abstracts of recent research. Papers are listed alphabetically according to the lead author’s last name.

Factors Associated with HIV Testing in Youth in the United States: An Integrative Review.  By O.W. Adebayo and R.M. Gonzalez-Guarda, in Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Correlates of Hepatitis C Virus Infection in the Targeted Testing Program of the New York City Jail System.  By M.J. Akiyama, F. Kaba, Z. Rosner, and others, in Public Health Reports.

Testing a Model of Health-Related Quality of Life in Women Living with HIV Infection.  By N.S. Alsayed, S.M. Sereika, S.A. Albrecht, and others, in Quality of Life Research.

Effects of the “Circle of Life” HIV-Prevention Program on Marijuana Use Among American Indian Middle School Youths: A Group Randomized Trial in a Northern Plains Tribe.  By N.L. Asdigian, N.R. Whitesell, E.M. Keane, and others, in American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Beyond the 90-90-90: Refocusing HIV Prevention as Part of the Global HIV Response.  By R. Baggaley, S. Dalal, C. Johnson, and others, in Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Significant Disparities in Risks of Diabetes Mellitus and Metabolic Syndrome Among Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Patients in the U.S.  By D.E. Banks, Y. Bogler, T. Bhuket, and others, in Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.

Mental Health in 2020 for Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States.  By A.W. Batchelder, S. Safren, A.D. Mitchell, and others, in Sexual Health.

Gender Differences in HIV Care among Criminal Justice-Involved Persons: Baseline Data from the CARE+ Corrections Study.  By C. Beckwith, B.U. Castonguay, C. Trezza, and others, in PLoS One.

Patterns of Social Affiliations and Healthcare Engagement Among Young, Black, Men Who Have Sex with Men.  By R.L. Behler, B.T. Cornwell, and J.A. Schneider, in AIDS and Behavior.

Reaching Key Populations: PrEP Uptake in an Urban Health Care System in the Bronx, New York.  By C.H. Bien, V.V. Patel, O.J. Blackstock, and U.R. Felsen, in AIDS and Behavior.

“You Just Can’t Trust Everybody”: The Impact of Sexual Risk, Partner Type and Perceived Partner Trustworthiness on HIV-Status Disclosure Decisions Among HIV-Positive Black Gay and Bisexual Men.  By J.D. Bird, M. Eversman, and D.R. Voisin, in Culture, Health, and Sexuality.

Perinatal HIV Exposure Surveillance and Reporting in the United States, 2014.  By K.A. Brady, D.S. Storm, A. Naghdi, and others, in Public Health Reports.

Large Cluster Outbreaks Sustain the HIV Epidemic Among Men Having Sex with Men (MSM) in Quebec from 2002 to 2015.  By B.G. Brenner, R.I. Ibanescu, I. Hardy, and others, in AIDS.

Some PWID Communities Are Ready for PreP, So What’s Next?  By J. Bruneau, É. Roy, N. Demers, and J. Cox, in Addiction.

HIV and Kidney Diseases: 35 Years of History and Consequences.  By P. Campos, A. Ortiz, and K. Soto, in Clinical Kidney Journal.

Exploring Black College Females’ Perceptions Regarding HIV Prevention Message Content.  By R. Chandler-Coley, H. Ross, O. Ozoya, and others, in Journal of Health Communication.

¡Sólo Se Vive Una Vez! (You Only Live Once): A Pilot Evaluation of Individually Tailored Video Modules Aiming to Increase HIV Testing Among Foreign-Born Latino Men.  By S.M. Dolwick Grieb, A. Flores-Miller, and K.R. Page, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Network Approaches to Substance Use and HIV/Hepatitis C Risk Among Homeless Youth and Adult Women in the United States: A Review.  By K. Dombrowski, K. Sittner, D. Crawford, and others, in Health.

For Many Served by The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, Disparities In Viral Suppression Decreased, 2010-14.  By R.K. Doshi, J. Milberg, T. Jumento, and others, in Health Affairs.

A Multi-U.S. City Assessment of Awareness and Uptake of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention Among Black Men and Transgender Women Who Have Sex with Men.  By L.A. Eaton, D.D. Matthews, D.D. Driffin, and others, in Prevention Science.

Stigma and Conspiracy Beliefs Related to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Interest in Using PrEP Among Black and White Men and Transgender Women Who Have Sex with Men.  By L.A. Eaton, S.C. Kalichman, D. Price, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Bouncing Back: Resilience and Mastery Among HIV-Positive Older Gay and Bisexual Men.  By C.A. Emlet, C. Shiu, H.J. Kim, and K. Fredriksen-Goldsen, in Gerontologist.

Intimate Partner Violence Is Linked to Less HIV Testing Uptake Among High-Risk, HIV-Negative Women in Atlanta.  By O. Etudo, N. Metheny, R. Stephenson, and A.S. Kalokhe, in AIDS Care.

Dismantling the Silence: LGBTQ Aging Emerging from the Margins.  By K.I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, in Gerontologist.

Sexual Risk and Transmission Behaviors, Partnerships, and Settings Among Young Adult Nonmedical Opioid Users in New York City.  By S.R. Friedman, P. Mateu-Gelabert, K.V. Ruggles, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Impact of Sexual Orientation Identity on Medical Morbidities in Male-to-Female Transgender Patients.  By T.W. Gaither, M.A. Awad, E.C. Osterberg, and others, in LGBT Health.

The Usefulness of the CRAFFT in Screening for Problematic Drug and Alcohol Use Among Youth Living with HIV.  By K.E. Gamarel, K.M. Nelson, L. Brown, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Community Mapping of Sex Work Criminalization and Violence: Impacts on HIV Treatment Interruptions Among Marginalized Women Living with HIV in Vancouver, Canada.  By S.M. Goldenberg, K. Deering, O. Amram, and others, in International Journal of STD and AIDS.

Dual Sexual and Drug-Related Predictors of Hepatitis C Incidence Among Sex Workers in a Canadian Setting: Gaps and Opportunities for Scale-Up of HCV Prevention, Treatment, and Care.  By S.M. Goldenberg, J. Montaner, M. Braschel, and others in International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in the United States: An Evolving HIV Prevention Opportunity.  By R.H. Goldschmidt, in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Number of Psychosocial Strengths Predicts Reduced HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors Above and Beyond Syndemic Problems Among Gay and Bisexual Men.  By T.A. Hart, S.W. Noor, B.D. Adam, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Decline in Bone Mass with Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate/Emtricitabine Is Associated With Hormonal Changes in the Absence of Renal Impairment When Used by HIV-Uninfected Adolescent Boys and Young Men for HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis.  By P.L. Havens, C.B. Stephensen, M.D. Van Loan, and others, in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Theoretical Implications of Gender, Power, and Sexual Scripts for HIV Prevention Programs Aimed at Young, Substance-Using African-American Women.  By M. Hill, M. Granado, and A. Stotts, in Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Pilot Feasibility Study of Heart2HAART: A Smartphone Application to Assist with Adherence Among Substance Users Living with HIV.  By S. Himelhoch, J. Kreyenbuhl, J. Palmer-Bacon, and others, in AIDS Care.

Progress and Challenges in Ending HIV and AIDS in Australia.  By M. Holt, in AIDS and Behavior.

Willingness to Use and Have Sex with Men Taking HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Results of Online Surveys of Australian Gay and Bisexual Men, 2011-2015.  By M. Holt, T. Lea, H.M. Schmidt, and others, in Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Prevalence and Predictors of Hospitalizations Among HIV-Infected and At-Risk HIV-Uninfected Women.  By A.L. Hotton, K.M. Weber, R.C. Hershow, and others, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Rates and Correlates of Syphilis Reinfection in Men Who Have Sex with Men.  By J. Jain, G.M. Santos, S. Scheer, and others, in LGBT Health.

Individual HIV Risk Versus Population Impact of Risk Compensation After HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis Initiation among Men Who Have Sex with Men.  By S.M. Jenness, A. Sharma, S.M. Goodreau, and others, in PLoS One.

A Brief Report: Lessons Learned and Preliminary Findings of Progreso en Salud, an HIV Risk Reduction Intervention for Latina Seasonal Farmworkers.  By M. Kanamori, M. De La Rosa, S. Diez, and others, in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Facebook Network Structure and Awareness of Preexposure Prophylaxis Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men.  By A.S. Khanna, P. Schumm, and J.A. Schneider, in Annals of Epidemiology.

Operationalizing the Measurement of Seroadaptive Behaviors: A Comparison of Reported Sexual Behaviors and Purposely-Adopted Behaviors Among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in Seattle.  By C.M. Khosropour, J.C. Dombrowski, J.P. Hughes, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior Among Black South African Men Who Have Sex with Men: The Moderating Effects of Reasons for Drinking and Safer Sex Intentions.  By J. Knox, V. Reddy, T. Lane, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Sexual Orientation Differences in HIV Testing Motivation Among College Men.  By D.N. Kort, G.P. Samsa, and M.S. McKellar, in Journal of American College Health.

Global Travel and HIV/STI Epidemics Among MSM: What Does the Future Hold?  By V.C. Lee, P.S. Sullivan, and S.D. Baral, in Sexual Health.

Low Rates of HIV Testing Among Adults with Severe Mental Illness Receiving Care in Community Mental Health Settings.  By C. Mangurian, F. Cournos, D. Schillinger, and others, in Psychiatric Services.

Contextualizing Psychosocial Determinants of Alcohol Use by Age Cohorts of Adults Living with HIV, Ages 50 and Older.  By Z.L. Mannes, L.E. Burrell 2nd, E.M. Dunne, and others, in Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

The Socioecology of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Use Among Young Urban Minority Males.  By A.V. Marcell, A.R. Morgan, R. Sanders, and others, in Journal of Adolescent Health.

Risk Behaviors and Testing History of African American MSM: Implications for Prevention.  By D.H. McCree, W. Johnson, C. Baytop, and S. Royal, in Journal of the National Medical Association.

Cancer Incidence in Persons Living with HIV.  By H. Meijide, Á. Mena, I. Rodríguez-Osorio, and others, in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Against the Odds: Syringe Exchange Policy Implementation in Indiana.  By B.E. Meyerson, C.A. Lawrence, L. Miller, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

HIV-1 Infection and Transmission Networks of Younger People in Chicago, Illinois, 2005-2011.  By E. Morgan, A.M. Oster, S. Townsell, and others, in Public Health Reports.

A Social Work Plan to Promote HIV Testing: A Social Marketing Approach.  By J.P. Morgan-Siebe, in Social Work in Health Care.

Internet-Based HIV Prevention with At-Home Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing for Young Men Having Sex with Men: Study Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Keep It Up! 2.0.  By B. Mustanski, K. Madkins, G.J. Greene, and others, in JMIR Research Protocols.

Ageing and Healthy Sexuality Among Women Living with HIV.  By M. Narasimhan, C. Payne, S. Caldas, and others, in Reproductive Health Matters.

Preferences for Condomless Sex in Sexually Explicit Media Among Black/African American Men Who Have Sex with Men: Implications for HIV Prevention.  By K.M. Nelson, L.A. Eaton, and K.E. Gamarel, in Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Comprehensive HIV Prevention for Transgender Persons.  By M.S. Neumann, T.J. Finlayson, N.L. Pitts, and J. Keatley, in American Journal of Public Health.

Integrating HIV Prevention and Relationship Education for Young Same-Sex Male Couples: A Pilot Trial of the 2GETHER Intervention.  By M.E. Newcomb, K.R. Macapagal, B.A. Feinstein, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Contribution of Anal Sex to HIV Prevalence Among Heterosexuals: A Modeling Analysis.  By A. O’Leary, E. DiNenno, A. Honeycutt, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Stigma Management Trajectories in Youth with Perinatally Acquired HIV and Their Families: A Qualitative Perspective.  By K. Proulx-Boucher, M. Fernet, M. Blais, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

The Health and Sociocultural Correlates of AIDS Genocidal Beliefs and Medical Mistrust Among African American MSM.  By K.G. Quinn, J.A. Kelly, W.J. DiFranceisco, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Building Health IT Capacity to Improve HIV Infection Health Outcomes.  By H. Rettler, M. Klevens, G. Haney, and others, in American Journal of Managed Care.

Racial Disparities in HIV Care Extend to Common Comorbidities: Implications for Implementation of Interventions to Reduce Disparities in HIV Care.  By K.K. Richardson, B. Bokhour, D.K. McInnes, and others, in Journal of the National Medical Association.

Contextual, Experiential, and Behavioral Risk Factors Associated with HIV Status: A Descriptive Analysis of Transgender Women Residing in Atlanta, Georgia.  By L.F. Salazar, R.A. Crosby, J. Jones, and others, in International Journal of STD and AIDS.

Rates and Predictors of Injury in a Population-Based Cohort of People Living with HIV.  By H. Samji, W. Zhang, O. Eyawo, and others, in AIDS.

The Role of Patient Navigators in Building a Medical Home for Multiply Diagnosed HIV-Positive Homeless Populations.  By M. Sarango, A. de Groot, M. Hirschi, and others, in Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Barriers and Facilitators to HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections Testing for Gay, Bisexual, and Other Transgender Men Who Have Sex with Men.  By A.I. Scheim and R. Travers, in AIDS Care.

Development and Preliminary Pilot Testing of a Peer Support Text Messaging Intervention for HIV-Infected Black Men Who Have Sex with Men.  By T.E. Senn, A. Braksmajer, P. Coury-Doniger, and others, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Patterns of Drug Use and HIV Infection Among Adults in a Nationally Representative Sample.  By S. Shiau, S.M. Arpadi, M.T. Yin, and S.S. Martins, in Addictive Behaviors.

Willingness to Use Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): An Empirical Test of the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IMB) Model Among High-Risk Drug Users in Treatment.  By R. Shrestha, F.L. Altice, T.B. Huedo-Medina, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Preintervention Profiles of Information, Motivational, and Behavioral Self-Efficacy for Methamphetamine Use and HIV Medication Adherence Among Gay and Bisexual Men.  By T.J. Starks, B.M. Millar, J.M. Lassiter, and J.T. Parsons, in AIDS Patient Care and STDs.

Meeting the Needs of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: Formative Research on Potential Digital Health Interventions.  By J. Steinke, M. Root-Bowman, S. Estabrook, and others, in Journal of Adolescent Health.

Resilience in Low-Income African American Women Living and Aging with HIV.  By S. Subramaniam, L.M. Camacho, M.T. Carolan, and G. López-Zerón, in Journal of Women and Aging.

Unsafe Sexual Behavior Among Gay/Bisexual Men in the Era of Combination Antiretroviral Therapy (cART).  By P.J. Surkan, Y. Li, L.P. Jacobson, and others, in AIDS and Behavior.

Sexual Temptation: Substance Abuse, No Sex, Safe Sex, Risky Sex, and STDs.  By T. Sutarso, T.L. Tang, D.R. Anerin, and others, in International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.

An Intersectional Approach for Understanding the Vulnerabilities of English-Speaking Heterosexual Caribbean Youth to HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections: Prevention and Intervention Strategies.  By M.E. Sutherland, in Health Psychology Open.

Social Determinants of HIV Disparities in the Southern United States and in Counties with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), 2013-2014.  By M.Y. Sutton, S.C. Gray, K. Elmore, and Z. Gaul, in PLoS One.

The Impact of Food Assistance on Dietary Diversity and Food Consumption Among People Living with HIV/AIDS.  By N. Tirivayi and W. Groot, in AIDS and Behavior.

Syphilis and HIV: Is HAART at the Heart of This Epidemic?  By S. Tuddenham, M. Shah, and K.G. Ghanem, in Sexually Transmitted Infections.

HIV Risk Inside U.S. Prisons: A Systematic Review of Risk Reduction Interventions Conducted in U.S. Prisons.  By P. Valera, Y. Chang, and Z. Lian, in AIDS Care.

A Longitudinal Analysis of Antiretroviral Adherence Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men.  By D.R. Voisin, K. Quinn, D.H. Kim, and J. Schneider, in Journal of Adolescent Health.

Gender Differences in Tobacco Use Among Persons Living with HIV/AIDS: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.  By A.H. Weinberger, P.H. Smith, A.P. Funk, and others, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Challenges to Practicing HIV Sex-Risk Prevention Among People in Continuing Care for Cocaine Addiction.  By A.S. Wimberly, M.R. Stern, S.B. Rosenbach, and others, in Substance Use and Misuse.

Identifying Resilience Resources for HIV Prevention Among Sexual Minority Men: A Systematic Review.  By E.N. Woodward, R.J. Banks, A.K. Marks, and D.W. Pantalone, in AIDS and Behavior.

Social-Structural Properties and HIV Prevention Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Ballroom House and Independent Gay Family Communities.  By L.E. Young, A.B. Jonas, S. Michaels, and others, in Social Science and Medicine.

Toward Automating HIV Identification: Machine Learning for Rapid Identification of HIV-Related Social Media Data.  By S.D. Young, W. Yu, and W. Wang, in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Assessment of a Culturally-Tailored Sexual Health Education Program for African American Youth.  By T. Zellner Lawrence, T. Henry Akintobi, A. Miller, and others, in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

 

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