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Impact of Implementing an Online Interactive Educational Tool for Future HIV “Cure” Research in an HIV Clinic Waiting Room in Cape Town, South Africa

May 22, 2020

Access to antiretroviral treatment (ART) in South Africa is suboptimal and erratic. For those on treatment, compliance remains a significant challenge. Interruptions to ART have negative implications for the individual and the epidemic. ART is therefore not a sustainable solution and there is an urgent need for a cure. As HIV cure research expands globally, … Read more

“‘Informed and Empowered’: A Mixed Method Study of Crowdsourcing Contests to Promote Uptake of HIV Self-Testing Kits among African Americans.

May 14, 2020

Objective: HIV self-testing (HIVST) kits are a viable alternative to testing in clinical settings, but research on the effective ways of promoting uptake of HI VST kits has been lacking. The present study examines crowdsourcing contests as community engagement to promote uptake of HI VST kits among African Americans in the southern region of the … Read more

Expert Stakeholders’ Perspectives on a Data-to-Care Strategy for Improving Care Among HIV-Positive Individuals Incarcerated in Jails

May 1, 2020

Data-to-Care (D2C) uses surveillance data (e.g., laboratory, Medicaid billing) to identify out-of-care HIV-positive persons to re-link them to care. Most US states are implementing D2C, yet few studies have explored stakeholders’ perspectives on D2C, and none have addressed these perspectives in the context of D2C in jail. This article reports findings from qualitative, semi-structured interviews … Read more

Expanding Community Engagement in HIV Clinical Trials a Pilot Study Using Crowdsourcing

May 1, 2020

Abstract Objective: To assess the potential for crowdsourcing to complement and extend community advisory board (CAB) feedback on HIV clinical trials. Crowdsourcing involves community members attempting to solve a problem and then sharing solutions. Methods: CAB and crowdsourced approaches were implemented in the context of a phase 1 HIV antibody trial to collect feedback on … Read more

“Meet People Where They Are”: A Qualitative Study of Community Barriers and Facilitators to HIV Testing and HIV Self-Testing Among African Americans in Urban and Rural Areas in North Carolina

May 1, 2020

HIV testing programs in the United States aim to reach ethnic minority populations who experience high incidence of HIV, yet 40% of African Americans have never been tested for HIV. The objective of this study is to identify community-based strategies to increase testing among African Americans in both urban and rural areas.

Public Health, Private Names: Ethical Considerations of Branding Schools of Public Health in the United States

March 18, 2020

In a resource limited environment, universities may increasingly need to conceive themselves as ‘brands’ and to mobilize capitalist marketing strategies to enhance institutional reputations. Between 1994 and July 2018, 24% of accredited United States public health schools were renamed for private donors. We suggest branding public health schools with private names carries ethical risks, including … Read more

Broadening Community Engagement in Clinical Research: Designing and Assessing a Pilot Crowdsourcing Project to Obtain Community Feedback on an HIV Clinical Trial

February 3, 2020

Community engagement is widely acknowledged as an important step in clinical trials. One underexplored method for engagement in clinical trials is crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing involves having community members attempt to solve a problem and then publicly sharing innovative solutions. We designed and conducted a pilot using a crowdsourcing approach to obtain community feedback on an HIV … Read more