August 2020 Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions

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2020 Fall ATN Virtual Meeting

October 27-28, 2020

Full details, including how to register and an agenda, will be widely announced soon for the 2020 Fall ATN Virtual Meeting. Read more about full ATN meetings and see past meeting recaps.

Submit Your Comments about ATN by 10/30/2020

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has published a Request for Information (RFI): Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions.

Your valuable feedback is needed to inform the adolescent HIV research agenda. Consider sharing this RFI with people in your communities. Submissions are due October 30, 2020.

Details, and how to respond, are here.

New Research Supports Opportunity for Better Youth Health Outcomes

Findings Support More Frequent HIV Screening

Dr. Anne Neilan led the study.

New study using data from ATN 101 and ATN 113 finds that for young men who have sex with men who are at high risk, more frequent HIV screening is a cost-effective opportunity to defeat the epidemic. Dr. Anne Neilan, who led the study, directs the ATN Modeling Core. The study's findings were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

AIDS 2020 Video Recordings Available

Participants in the ATN's youth-focused Q&A session during AIDS 2020.

View the available recordings of live and pre-recorded presentations, as well as abstracts and posters, from the ATN at AIDS 2020, held virtually in July 2020.

News and Publications

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) announced that its protocol 083-01 is now underway - the first collaboration between the HPTN and the ATN. Read more on the HPTN website.

Jonathan Hill Rorie, MPH, co-wrote an op-ed for Teen Vogue on "Coronavirus Sex Guidelines Must Consider Virtual Safety." Read the article here. Hill Rorie is an iTech study coordinator at the Fenway Institute.

Two fellowships opportunities were announced from Indiana University-affiliated organizations: The Indiana University School of Nursing Dean’s Enhancing Diversity in Nursing Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Regenstrief Institute Public & Population Health Informatics Fellowship (in partnership with Indiana University).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from August 14, 2020: Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, June 24–30, 2020. Serious adverse mental health effects from COVID-19 pandemic reported, with higher percentages for young adults ages 18-24 and racial/ethnic minority groups. See a list of mental health resources listed by the CDC on Twitter.

The NIH HIV/AIDS Professional Judgment Budget for 2021 was published on August 4 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR). Read the letter inviting review of the 2021 budget from the Director of the OAR, Maureen Goodenow, PhD.

Also from Dr. Goodenow - Read her August 21, 2020 blog post, A Big Step Forward in the Expansion of HIV Prevention Choices for Women about the significance of the European Medicines Agency's issuing of a positive opinion in July on the use of the dapivirine vaginal ring.

A special issue in the journal Public Health Reports was just published on the topic, Using Public Health Policy to Reduce the Morbidity, Mortality, and Incidence of HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tuberculosis." The list of articles is available here.

Multiple New or Updated Health Databases & Reports

In August, many organizations published new resources related to health in the US. Below is a round-up of these resources, with a focus on youth and HIV prevention and care in the US.

AHEAD, or America's HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard, was released this month to track data for the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative. Details here from HIV.gov.

PhenX Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Assessments Collection, with 19 new protocols, is now available in the PhenX Toolkit (consensus measures for Phenotypes and eXposure). Read more on the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities website.

2019 Results and Data with six categories of health behaviors now available as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). Read more about this data here.

Healthy People 2030. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, published these health objectives and tracking tools this month. More about the overall framework here, and see information about adolescents here.

Funding Awarded for State, Local, and Rural Health

"HHS Awards over $35 million to Increase Access to High Quality Health Care in Rural Communities" - Announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on 8/20.

"Advancing the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative with a $109 Million Investment in 57 Areas of the United States" - Read the post on HIV.gov from 7/31/20.

Call for Papers

International AIDS Society Supplement: Global Mental Health and HIV Prevention and Care (PDF). Deadline is September 15, 2020.

Conferences and Events

Trying to keep track of what conferences have gone virtual, 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 Webinar: Melissa Marzan-Rodriquez, PhD, an ATN Diversity Scholar, took part in a Latino Commission on AIDS-sponsored panel discussion now available as a recording: "National Study of Social and Structural Drivers of COVID-19 Diagnoses and Deaths Among Latinos." Watch it here.

Featured Event: The 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment concluded this month. See recaps from HIV.gov here from each day of the four-day virtual event. Also see a Public Library of Science, or PLOS, Special Collection on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that was published this month - learn more here.

About Your ATN Presentations / Abstracts ...

Are you part of the ATN and you are presenting at upcoming events, or have you submitted abstracts to them? Please email atnhelp@unc.edu to let us know.

Funding Opportunities

See all recent funding opportunities here.

Featured listings:

Announced on 8/6/20: Emergency Awards: RADx-rad Predicting Viral-Associated Inflammatory Disease Severity in Children with Laboratory Diagnostics and Artificial Intelligence (PreVAIL kIds) (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)

Announced on 8/17/20: NICHD Program Project Grants for HIV Research (P01 Clinical Trial Optional)

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