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

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Congratulations to Colleagues

Dr. Leandro Mena named Director of the Division of STD Prevention at CDC

Portrait of Dr. Leandro Mena

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this month that Dr. Leandro Mena will be its new Director of the Division of STD Prevention in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), effective August 2. Dr. Mena is a Protocol Chair for the iTech study ATN 159, ePrEP.

Dr. Henna Budhwani Named Visiting Professor at UCSF CAPS

Portrait of Dr. Henna Budhwani

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) will welcome Dr. Henna Budhwani as a Visiting Professor for a 3-year appointment. For more details, see the announcement from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Budhwani is the Site co-Principal Investigator for the University of Alabama - Birmingham for iTech.

JIAS Call for Abstracts

The Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) is calling for abstracts on the topic "HIV and Transgender Populations" for a supplement that will be published in October 2022. Abstracts are due July 30, 2021. See details and how to submit an abstract here (PDF).

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Read the 'Dear Colleague' letter published June 23, 2021 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on LGBTQ+ Pride Month, from Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the CDC; and Jonathan H. Mermin, MD, MPH, Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General, US Public Health Service, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the CDC.


"Barriers and Facilitators to the Collection and Aggregation of Electronic Health Record HIV Data: An Analysis of Study Recruitment Venues Within the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN)." Published in Evaluation & the Health Professions.

"Calculating level-specific SEM fit indices for multilevel mediation analyses." Published in the Stata Journal.

"COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among an Online Sample of Sexual and Gender Minority Men and Transgender Women." Published in the journal Vaccines.

"Needed: A Life Course Perspective on Maintaining Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Use." Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

"Perceptions of Contexts of Intimate Partner Violence Among Young, Partnered Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States." Published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Published in the journal AIDS and Behavior:

"A Scoping Review of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Stigma and Implications for Stigma-Reduction Interventions for Men and Transwomen Who Have Sex with Men."

"Healthy Choices Intervention is Associated with Reductions in Stigma Among Youth Living with HIV in the United States (ATN 129)."

"Perspectives from Young Partnered Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men on the Adaptation of Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC)."

Published in the journal mHealth:

"The ongoing HIV epidemic in American youth: challenges and opportunities."

"Mobile app development in health research: pitfalls and solutions."

"Adapting technology-based HIV prevention and care interventions for youth: lessons learned across five U.S. Adolescent Trials Network studies."

"Engaging youth in mHealth: what works and how can we be sure?"

"HIV self-testing and STI self-collection via mobile apps: experiences from two pilot randomized controlled trials of young men who have sex with men."

"Mobile apps for HIV prevention: how do they contribute to our epidemic response for adolescents and young adults?"

"mHealth for transgender and gender-expansive youth: harnessing gender-affirmative cross-disciplinary innovations to advance HIV prevention and care interventions."

"Online recruitment of youth for mHealth studies."

"Scale up mHealth HIV interventions: site and public health perspectives and lessons learned from P3."

Diversity Scholar Publication

Published in the journal Health Education & Behavior, from authors including Keosha Bond, EdD, MPH, CHES, ATN Diversity Scholar: "Race-Based Sexual Stereotypes, Gendered Racism, and Sexual Decision Making Among Young Black Cisgender Women."


See the media advisory from the National Institutes of Health from June 10, 2021: "NIH leaders detail commitment to end structural racism in biomedical science."

A new animated video about Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, PEP, is now available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click here to view CDC's the PEP video or click play below to watch it.

Read and share more about PEP.

Visit the National Native HIV Network website for "A Journey Through the Native HIV/AIDS Timeline," from the 1980s to today. View the timeline here.

Announced on June 3 - HIV.GOV Launches New Chatbot Tool.

The National Institutes of Health published this news release on June 9: "NIH-funded study tests 'one-stop' mobile clinics to deliver HIV, substance use care."

Observing 40 Years Since First Official Reporting of AIDS

Read the letter from the director, "Reflection on 40 Years of HIV/AIDS Research," from Maureen M. Goodenow, PhD, Associate Director for AIDS Research, and Director, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health.

Read the letter, "40 Years of HIV Progress," from Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Read the news release from UNAIDS, published June 3, 2021: "Forty years on and new UNAIDS report gives evidence that we can end AIDS."

Published in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: "A State of the Science on HIV Prevention Over 40 Years Among Black and Hispanic/Latinx Communities."

New HIV Reports

Published in May 2021 by the CDC: Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas 2019. Available on the CDC website to view and to download as a PDF.

The CDC released new data tables in this report, "Core Indicators for Monitoring the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative (Early Release): National HIV Surveillance System Data Reported through December 2020; and Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Data Reported through September 2020" (PDF).

"Estimated Annual Number of HIV Infections - United States, 1981–2019." Read this Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published June 4, 2021.

HRSA Releases Annual Report Highlighting Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program COVID-19 Data

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:

Sign-up for free Technical Assistance webinars on AHEAD (America's HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard) with dates into July. Learn more and register here.

March 29 - April 1, 2022: Advancing HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis Testing Conference. Abstract submission will be open from September 3, 2021 to November 4, 2021. Registration will open in October 2021. This conference will be virtual.

Adherence 2021 will be held November 7-9, 2021. Note that the dates of the conference have changed. Abstracts are due by July 9, 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 opportunity this month:

NIH Announces 3 New Funding Opportunities for Research to Help End the HIV Epidemic in EHE Jurisdictions and with Local Partners

CDC-RFA-PS22-2201: National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS), Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control - NCHHSTP

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