HIV Grant Following MOST

June 20, 2016:

An intervention has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to increase treatment engagement among African-American/Black andLMC Hispanic people living with HIV. The study will target people who are neither taking antiretroviral therapy nor consistently engaged in HIV primary care. Linda Collins, Director of The Methodology Center, and Marya Gwadz, New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing Senior Research Scientist, have received a five-year, $5.8 million grant to design this intervention using the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST).

“At least half of people living with HIV in the U.S. are neither sufficiently engaged in HIV primary care nor taking antiretroviral therapy,” said Gwadz. “In particular, African-American/Black and Hispanic people are less likely to be well engaged along the HIV care continuum than their White peers and, as a result, have lower rates of HIV viral suppression, greater morbidity, and earlier mortality from HIV.”

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