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Steven Goodreau Studies How Addressing Gaps in HIV Preventive Care Can Reduce Racial Disparities in HIV Incidence

Posted: 10/18/2018 (CSDE Research)

A recent study co-authored by CSDE Affiliate Steven Goodreau, Professor of Anthropology at UW, examines how addressing gaps in HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can reduce racial disparities in HIV incidence in the United States. Using a network-based model of HIV transmission for younger black and white men who have sex with men in the Atlanta area, the authors evaluate how race-stratified transitions through the PrEP care continuum from initiation to adherence and retention could impact HIV incidence overall and disparities in incidence between races. They find that PrEP could simultaneously lower HIV incidence overall and reduce racial disparities despite current gaps in PrEP care. Yet, they note that interventions addressing these gaps will be needed to substantially decrease disparities.

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