Study will examine role of ‘resilience’ among African Americans living with HIV

News from Brown, September 26, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —  With studies showing that African Americans living with HIV disproportionately struggle to remain in care and maintain suppressed HIV RNA levels, a team of public health researchers will look for solutions in a new way: They will systematically and rigorously identify the resources that successful patients draw upon to overcome the pervasive pitfalls that hinder others.

(Distributed September 26, 2017)

CHER/Miriam research cited in New York Times essay

An essay describing one man's struggle with whether or not to take the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug Truvada cited a study that tracked PrEP retention rates among men who have sex with men in three U.S. cities. The study, "Evaluation of a program using Emtricitabine/Tenofovir (Truvada) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV," was conducted in collaboration with The Miriam Hospital (Dr. Philip A.

(Distributed September 22, 2017)

Researchers propose a new way to assess medication-based HIV prevention

News from Brown, February 15, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — One of the most promising new approaches to slowing the spread of HIV is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a once-a-day medication that people who don’t have HIV can take to prevent becoming infected. But that strategy only works if people at risk for contracting HIV become and remain fully engaged in preventive care and actually take the pills. In the real world of clinical practice, that has often proved tricky.

(Distributed February 15, 2017)

U. researchers encourage community-based studies

Brown Daily Herald, February 14, 2017

Amy Nunn, associate professor of medicine and behavioral and social sciences, strongly advocates for community engagement research. "I've always found it to be rewarding and worthwhile. It's the only way I do my work," she said. Nunn has used the process while researching and creating programs for the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, including Food on the Move, which provides mobile, discounted food markets in a variety of neighborhoods, and Do One Thing, which addresses issues faced by those with HIV.

(Distributed February 14, 2017)

Study finds more Rhode Islanders are infected with hepatitis C than previously known

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  — For the first time, Rhode Island has one of the most complete pictures of the hepatitis C epidemic. More people are infected, and more are dying from the viral disease than previously known, finds a new study. But more people are also getting treated  — and cured.

..."This study really represents an advance because it has a lot more local information," says [Rhode Island Public Health Institute Director] Amy Nunn.

(Distributed August 11, 2016)
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