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

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Join members of the ATN-YEAH in observance of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2021 - Webinar, Bridging the Gap: Transition from Youth to Adult HIV Care. April 9, 2021, 10-11am PT / 1-2pm EDT.

"Bridging the Gap: Transition from Youth to Adult HIV Care"

Register for the Webinar

The Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) National Community Advisory Board, Youth Experts and Advocates for Health (ATN-YEAH), Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC), and Community Partners invite you to join them for a webinar on April 9, 2021.

The period where adolescents and young adults living with HIV transition from youth to adult‐oriented healthcare can be a time where individuals are more likely to disengage from care, delay initiation of or discontinue antiretroviral therapy (ART), and have lower rates of virologic suppression on ART. Members of the ATN-YEAH will participate in a moderated discussion to discuss barriers and facilitators at the individual, clinical, and structural levels that can impact the transition from youth to adult HIV care.

The 2021 Spring ATN Virtual Meeting

April 28-29

Draft Agenda

A draft agenda can be found here (subject to change). Among the agenda highlights: A poster session, roundtables, and two keynote speakers.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers announced - Harold J. Phillips, MRP, Senior HIV Advisor and Chief Operating Officer, Ending the HIV Epidemic (Wednesday, April 28) and Stephaun E. Wallace, PhD, MS, Staff Scientist, Vaccine & Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Thursday, April 29).

Meeting Planning Behind the Scenes: Watch the Video

Watch a short behind-the-scenes video from the people who helped plan the Spring meeting for a look at highlights you can expect at the upcoming event.


Hear from the iTech Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

Below are the takeaways from the March 2021 meeting of iTech's Youth Advisory Council. You can see more takeaways from previous months on the iTech website.

Above graphic reads: iTech Youth Advisory Council Takeaways from March 2021 Meeting: 1.) It's great for YAC members to have compensated opportunities to work with researchers. 2.) It's important to disseminate research findings and materials without sex or gender restrictions and not just to one group (MSM). 3.) Combat HIV in the same way that COVID is being combated in terms of the rapid response and high level of enforcement of protective measures. 4.) Being able to search for STI testing sites and contact information for sexual health experts and health care providers to talk to is an important part of future interventions. 5.) Transgender individuals, especially transgender women, face more stigma when it comes to taking care of their sexual health, and their voices must be included in the development of future interventions.

Models of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Care Used in Title X Family Planning Clinics in the Southern U.S., published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, March 2021.

Development and Evaluation of a Mobile App Designed to Increase HIV Testing and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Use Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States: Open Pilot Trial, published March 2021 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Feasibility of Ethyl Glucuronide Nail Testing Biomarker for Alcohol Use Among Youth Living With HIV, an Adolescent Health Brief in the Journal of Adolescent Health, online February 2021.


The presentation and recording of the Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar for Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) is now available. See highlights and how to view the recording here.

Care Outcomes Among Black or African American Persons with Diagnosed HIV in Rural, Urban, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas - 42 U.S. Jurisdictions, 2018, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published February 19, 2021.

Read this new Letter from the Director, "Building Research Partnerships for Healthy Sovereign Tribal Nations," from Maureen M. Goodenow, PhD, Associate Director for AIDS Research, and Director, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health.

The National Native HIV Network is profiled in this post from the HIV.gov blog, "Ending the HIV Epidemic in Indigenous Communities through Unity, Strength, and Diversity" - read it here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis (PRS) Project added a new chapter to the "Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention" on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). See more details here.

Computerized adaptive screener may help identify youth at risk for suicide - Read the news release from the National Institutes of Health from February 2021.

From the 2021 HIV R4P conference, watch the recording of the Live with Leadership conversation with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, and moderated by Harold J. Phillips, MRP, Chief Operating Officer for Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) and Senior HIV Advisor for the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP). See more from the HIV R4P conference from the Office of AIDS Research.

Conferences and Events

CROI 2021 was held earlier this month as a virtual event. See the abstract ebook, and the program book, here. View the list of ATN-related presentations featured at CROI 2021. You can also see a list of CROI studies of interest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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:

ACTHIV 2021, American Conference for the Treatment of HIV, will be held May 20-22, 2021. Registration is open. Abstracts are being accepted until May 1, 2021.

Please save the new dates for this conference - the dates for Adherence 2021 have changed. The event will be held November 7-9, 2021.

The Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council Meeting was held February 25, 2021 - watch the recording.

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 Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Call for Concepts, Due April 12, 2021 - Read more here.

NICHD Program Project Grants for HIV Research (P01 Clinical Trial Optional) - open now for submissions.

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