In a new study with Vanderbilt University, Virginia Commonwealth University will partner with the Chinese government to reduce the spread of HIV infection among gay men.
The universities will combine a series of interventions including knowledge of HIV status, condom usage, and needle exchanges to custom tailor prevention methods to specific populations in Beijing.
The study will develop and pilot test a package of testing and linking to care (TLC)-base interventions in Beijing.
Dr. Hongjie Liu, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, is the lead on this project at VCU. Liu will be recruiting study subjects for the five-year project and says it will be technology driven – using text messaging to deliver intervention messages.
In the first year of the study’s scope, Liu with Vanderbilt colleagues will lead development of a Short Message Service (SMS) protocol for motivating Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM) to receive HIV testing, then an additional protocol for motivating HIV-infected Chinese MSM to seek risk reduction and care.
The study is supported by a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
This month, VCU’S College of Humanities and Sciences is hosting a speakers series titled, “Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism” to commemorate the court decision that allowed for VCU’s first queer student organization to exist on campus. This Thursday, Dr. Marc Stein of San Francisco State University, will give the second lecture in the series [...]