September 2021 - Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions

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Draft Agenda for the 2021 Fall ATN Virtual Meeting

The 2021 Fall ATN Meeting will be held virtually October 5-6, 2021.

See the draft agenda here.

Photo of members of the ATN-YEAH at a 2019 in-person full meeting.

Ask the ATN-YEAH Your Questions

Submit questions for the full meeting panel discussion by 9/23

The members of the ATN Youth Experts and Advocates for Health (ATN-YEAH) will deliver a panel discussion during the upcoming 2021 Fall ATN Meeting. Please submit your questions for the ATN-YEAH panel members to Jeanette Kosorok, meeting organizer at the Coordinating Center, by September 23, 2021 via email at kosorokj@email.unc.edu.

Just Published: Notice of Upcoming FOA for ATN Activities

NIH intends to publish funding initiative for next ATN research programs

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) published a notice on September 7 that it intends to announce a funding initiative for new research programs for the ATN.

Specific deadlines are not yet set. Applications are estimated to be due in Winter 2022.

Read more about the notice here.

Youth Share Thoughts on Research Dissemination

This infographic illustrates feedback from young people on their interest in research findings and social media communication. Feedback was collected via a survey conducted by the iTech U19. See more details on the iTech website.


"Correlates of High HIV Viral Load and Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Among Viremic Youth in the United States Enrolled in an Adherence Improvement Intervention." Published in the journal AIDS Patient Care and STDS.

"Re: 'A New Method for Estimating the Incidence of Infectious Diseases'." Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

"The persistent and evolving HIV epidemic in American men who have sex with men." Published in The Lancet medical journal.

"Tailored motivational interviewing (TMI): Translating basic science in skills acquisition into a behavioral intervention to improve community health worker motivational interviewing competence for youth living with HIV." Published in the journal Health Psychology.

"Exploring the heterogeneity of factors that may influence implementation of PrEP in family planning clinics: a latent profile analysis." Published in the journal Implementation Science Communications.

"Psychiatric hospitalization among youth at high risk for HIV." Published in the journal AIDS Care.


Data from Planning4PrEP, ATN 155, presented at IAS Conference

Read about the Planning4PrEP (ATN 155) study findings that were in the news after being presented at the 11th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science.

Findings on PrEP Injections for Women from IAS 2021

The highest efficacy for women ever reported in a PrEP trial was announced at IAS 2021 for HPTN 084. Injections may be more effective than a daily oral pill. Read more in this article on the UK website NAM Aidsmap.

HIV Challenge Launches

A national challenge for finding ways to increase the use of PrEP and antiretroviral therapy in the US was announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services in July. The challenge is open to the public. The submission period for Phase 1 is open until September 23, 2021. See the full details here.

From NIH: HIV Vaccine Trial Halted

An investigational HIV vaccine clinical trial in sub-Saharan Africa, begun in 2017 for women in five countries, was halted after analysis showed the vaccine did not provide enough protection against the virus. Read more from the NIH here.

The Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Program and Incidence Data

Incidence levels are one of six data points tracked in the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Dashboard. The number of diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV infections in an area, or incidence, drives local responses and helps apply resources where needed. See more on the HIV.gov blog.

2021-2025: The NIH-Wide Strategic Plan Now Available

See the plan and objectives, including a list of 14 specific 'bold predictions,' for the National Institutes of Health (PDF).

Case Study: "A 16-Year-Old Boy Seeking Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prophylaxis"

This case study on PrEP assessment and prescribing for a 16-year-old in Massachusetts offers a clinical and legal perspective. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Conferences and Events

Trying to keep track of what conferences have moved to a virtual format, rescheduled, canceled? Maybe this list can help: Research meetings and conferences, for HIV prevention and care, youth-centered health, and major events for public health research.

Featured Events:

November 7-9, 2021: Adherence 2021. Note that the date has changed.

February 12-16, 2022: Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). Denver, CO, including virtual and in-person sessions. Abstracts are due by November 1, 2021.

About Your ATN Presentations / Abstracts ...

Are you part of the ATN and presenting at an upcoming event, or have recently had an abstract accepted to a conference? Please email atnhelp@unc.edu to let us know.

Funding Opportunities

The list of selected funding opportunities is here.

Featured funding opportunities this month:

HIV Challenge: Innovative Community Engagement Strategies to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma and Disparities. Register by September 23, 2021. This is a national competition provided through a partnership with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), the Office of Minority Health (OMH). 

Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program, which has two components - K99/R00 and UE5, posted by the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policy

The NIH posted a reminder about its natural disaster policy on September 1, 2021 in response to Hurricanes Henri and Ida. Read it here.

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