Critical Need in U.S. to Improve Prevention & Treatment of HIV/AIDS Among Key Affected Populations

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New Nationwide Effort Funded by CDC Offers Free Services to Healthcare Organizations and Clinicians

(New York, NY) As the international HIV/AIDS community commemorates World AIDS Day today, there remains a critical need to improve treatment and prevention efforts of HIV/AIDS across the U.S. Focused on achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, CAI's HIV/AIDS capacity building projects aim to reduce HIV incidence, increase access to care, and optimize health outcomes among key populations.

In the U.S., more than 1.2 million people are currently living with HIV infection and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) remain the most seriously affected by HIV. To help healthcare providers improve detection, linkage and retention efforts among key affected populations, CAI's CBA Center offers free training, technical assistance and web-based resources to healthcare organizations nationwide. Designed to support the implementation of High-Impact HIV Prevention -- scalable, scientifically proven approaches tailored to specific populations--the Center supports nationwide efforts to decrease new infection rates by 25 percent.

“Our goal is to provide tailored, data-driven services that help organizations improve their prevention efforts with individuals who are both HIV negative and HIV positive," said Dr. Robert Cohen, CAI's Medical Director. "By implementing behavioral, structural and/or biomedical interventions, including pre and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) and ensuring HIV Continuum of Care standards are met, we believe we can make significant progress towards ending this epidemic."

According to researchers at New York University, the services being offered by the CBA Center come at a critical time in HIV prevention and aid in increasing access to care and new technologies now available, particularly in states with the highest rates of HIV infection.

"The efforts of CAI to work with healthcare providers to maximize the effectiveness of technologies like PrEp and PEP is both timely and important," said Dr. Perry Halkitis, Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) at New York University.

Dr. Perry, who is currently conducting a study of young sexually active minority men, has found that an estimated 25percent of young gay and bisexual men in their early 20s have no awareness of PrEP, and of those that do only some 4 percent have used PrEP.

With funding from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the CBA Center is led by Dr. Tony Jimenez. Organizations interested in requesting services or accessing online resources can visit www.hivcbacenter.org.

About CAI: CAI is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved populations worldwide. For 35 years, CAI has provided customized capacity building services to health and human service organizations in over 27 countries and in all 50 states. Offering over 1,500 training programs annually, CAI’s passionate staff works to fulfill its mission: to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world. For more information about CAI, visit our website: www.caiglobal.org.


25 U.S. Cities with Highest Rates of HIV Infection

1. Miami, FL
2. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA
3. Jackson, MS
4. Baton Rouge, LA
5. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
6. Washington, DC (includes VA, MD and WV suburbs)
7. Memphis, TN
8. Baltimore-Towson, MD
9. Orlando, FL
10. New York City, NY (includes NY, NJ and PA suburbs)
11. Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, TX
12. Dallas, TX
13. Jacksonville, FL
14. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC, SC
15. Columbia, SC
16. Los Angeles, CA
17. San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
18. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
19. San Antonio, TX
20. San Francisco, CA
21. Greensboro-High Point, NC
22. Austin-Round Rock, TX
23. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
24. Richmond, VA
25. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/HSSR_MSA_2013_REVISED-PDF04.pdf

 

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