This program supports research to advance the understanding of how best to prevent the acquisition of HIV infection in vulnerable infants, children, and adolescents. The program also supports research to understand, prevent, and address adverse health outcomes among youth living with HIV. Research in these areas can be at the level of the individual, family, group, or community, both domestically and internationally.
Areas of Emphasis
- Support HIV prevention research focused on vulnerable youth (e.g., young men who have sex with men, young transgender women, young women from racial and ethnic minorities, homeless youth, and pregnant young women).
- Foster multi-level and combination HIV prevention research efforts for youth.
- Conduct research to better understand the uptake, adherence, feasibility, ethical, legal, and social factors associated with the implementation and use of biomedical HIV prevention strategies (e.g., microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis) among youth and how best to pair these approaches with behavioral interventions.
- Develop interventions that harness the popularity and widespread use of new forms of technology in reaching youth most vulnerable to HIV infection, as well as strategies to increase the uptake and/or efficacy of interventions delivered using new forms of technology.
- Encourage studies of youth living with HIV that emphasize linkage and engagement in care, adherence to medical care, transition to adult care, and the prevention of secondary transmission.
Susannah Allison, Ph.D.
5601 Fishers Lane, Room 9E26
Rockville, MD 20852