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

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2021 Spring and Fall Full Meeting Update

The 2021 Spring ATN Full Meeting will be virtual.

Dates: April 28-30, 2021

Also new: Save the date for the Fall 2021 meeting.

Dates: October 5-6, 2021

Your Inspiring Words

During the 2020 October ATN Virtual Meeting, attendees shared one or two words to answer the question, "What inspires you and helps you overcome challenges?"

See your answers in this video, which includes a text transcript.

Answers from the community included:

Intention & Community
Mentorship & Co-learning
Perseverance & Positivity

Watch the video to see more. Thank you to those who shared their thoughts. See more about ATN full meetings here, including past event recaps and dates for future meetings.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Sunday, February 7, 2021

How to get involved:

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website's list of resources on the theme of "We're in this Together," including tools for defeating stigma.

Learn more about HIV with these CDC fact sheets: HIV and African American People and HIV and African American Gay and Bisexual Men. Also view CDC fact sheets on HIV and Women and HIV and Transgender People. For more, visit the HIV By Group CDC page.

Connect with this list of resources from HIV.gov from various federal partners, including digital toolkits, an HIV services locator, and social media graphics for getting the word out.

Read the thoughts of Manny Segal, ATN-YEAH member, in his 2019 article about what this observance day means to him.

Image caption - Pictured at left: Family members together who were featured in a CDC video, "Stop HIV Stigma Short Videos: Smith Family." Watch the video here.

New HIV Prevention and Care Findings

1/26/2021 - From the National Institutes of Health newsroom: "Antibody infusions prevent acquisition of some HIV strains, NIH studies find."

1/22/2021 - From the US Food and Drug Administration newsroom: "FDA Approves First Extended-Release, Injectable Drug Regimen for Adults Living with HIV."

News and Publications

"Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Implementation in Family Planning Services Across the Southern United States: Findings from a Survey Among Staff, Providers and Administrators Working in Title X-Funded Clinics." Published in AIDS and Behavior, January 2021.

"Research Priorities to End the Adolescent HIV Epidemic in the United States: Viewpoint." Published in JMIR Research Protocols in the ATN theme issue, January 2021.

"Rapid report on estimating incidence from cross-sectional data." Annals of Epidemiology, published January 2021.

World AIDS Day 2020: Science and Community Working Together to Prepare for the Unexpected was a virtual meeting held on December 1, 2020 by the NIH Office of AIDS Research. As part of the event, Dr. Anne Neilan, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, provides an overview of ATN's long-term interventions and modeling core (starting at 1 hour 15 minutes into the recording). View the full recording here.

Leandro Mena, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Population Health Science at the University of Mississippi, is featured in this Q&A from AIDSVu on PrEP uptake and HIV care for young Black men who have sex with men in the US south. Read the full interview with Dr. Mena here.

Anandi Sheth, MD, principal investigator for ATN 155 Planning4PrEP, was featured by the Emory University Department of Medicine in a special spotlight on her research background. Read the Researcher Spotlight on Dr. Sheth here.

Join the National Institutes of Health Sexual & Gender Minority Health Scientific Interest Group (SGM Health SIG), open to intramural and extramural stakeholders. The NIH's Intramural Research Program (IRP) and the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) formed the SGM Health SIG in 2020, which will meet every 2-3 months. Read more here and join the mailing list to be notified of upcoming meetings.

JIAS, the Journal of the International AIDS Society, produced a World AIDS Day 2020 article compilation on the theme of "Global solidarity, shared responsibility" and included topics related to COVID-19. You can see the table of contents here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on "COVID-19 Trends Among Persons Aged 0-24 Years - United States, March 1-December 12, 2020." Published (early online) January 13, 2021.

"COVID-19 Virtual Strategic Think Tank Report" describes challenges and solutions for organizations and institutes that provide HIV, STI, and HCV services to communities of color. This new report comes from the Stronger Together Partnership, a think tank composed of The Black AIDS Institute, San Francisco Community Health Center, and Latino Commission on AIDS (with support from other community organizations). Read the report here (PDF).

"HIV Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement Report: June 2018 - February 2020," from The National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research. Read the report here (PDF).

The US Department of Health and Human Services, through work with federal and community partners, released its HIV National Strategic Plan (2021-2025). See more about the plan from HIV.gov and access it here.

HIV viral suppression data sources: Use America's HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD), to see HIV viral suppression rate data nationally and specifically within the 57 areas prioritized by the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) plan. See details here from HIV.gov.

Conferences and Events

Trying to keep track of what conferences have moved to a virtual format, rescheduled, canceled? Maybe this list into 2021 can help. Research meetings and conferences, for HIV prevention and care, youth-centered health, and major events for public health research.

Featured events:

Event recap: US Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) 2020. Maureen Goodenow, PhD, Associate Director for AIDS Research and Director, Office of AIDS Research (NIH), shared a blog post about the event, which took place last October. Among the highlights were presentations and panel discussions with contributions from ATN researchers Sonia Lee, PhD, and Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH. See Dr. Goodenow's USCHA 2020 recap here in this Letter from the Director.

More from USCHA 2020: View the video recording from the Live with Leadership series, "Working with Communities to End the HIV Epidemic: A Conversation with Leisha McKinley-Beach." Leisha McKinley-Beach, MS, Community Advocate and Public Health Consultant, is interviewed by Harold Phillips, MRP, Senior HIV Advisor and Chief Operating Officer of Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) on updates from the community about the EHE.

Registration for CROI, or Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, is now open. Late breaker abstracts are due by February 4, 2021. CROI will be held March 6-10, 2021 virtually. See more, including a preliminary agenda at the CROI website. On the agenda is an on-demand symposia on adolescents, youth, and PrEP which includes a presentation from Sybil Hosek, PhD, on "Implementing PrEP Among High-Risk Adolescents and Youth."

Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) Meeting - February 25, 2021 at 12pm EST - meeting will be virtual on the NIH VideoCast website.

International AIDS Society (IAS) COVID-19 Conference: Prevention. Conference will be held virtually on February 2, 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 Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Call for Concepts: 2021 - Letter of intent is due March 1, 2021. Read more here.

CDC-RFA-PS21-2104: Partnering and Communicating Together, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control - NCHHSTP. Read more here.

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