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Columbia’s World AIDS Day Activities

The Mailman School of Public Health’s ICAP is hosting a World AIDS Day screening of The End of AIDS? from the Emmy Award-winning PBS NewsHour series.

The screening is followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, Mailman School global director of ICAP, professor of Epidemiology and the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair of Global Health, with panelists:

William Brangham, PBS NewsHour correspondent
Professor, School of Journalism, Columbia University

Demetre Daskalakis, New York City deputy commissioner for the Division of Disease Control

David Hoos
, project director, Population-based HIV Impact Assessment Project (PHIA)

Thursday, November 30
4:00-6:00 p.m.

News from Columbia ICAP

ICAP’s Drs. Wafaa El-Sadr and Miriam Rabkin are guest co-editors of the
Journal of the International AIDS Society Special Issue, “Reaching the Third 90: Taking RoutineViral Load Monitoring to Scale”

They are also authors of the article, “Realizing the Potential of Routine Viral Load Testing in Sub-Saharan Africa, with John Nkengasong, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Deborah L Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy

The supplement is available online here: Journal of International AIDS Society  

The article by Drs. El-Sadr and Rabkin is here.

New HIV Data from Columbia ICAP PHIA Project 

On World AIDS Day, Columbia Mailman School’s ICAP will announce the release of new Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) data from five survey countries, including preliminary results from Lesotho and Tanzania. The posting means data are now available for seven of the 14 PHIA Project survey countries.

PHIA data are gathered through national surveys conducted in PEPFAR-supported countries by ICAP, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local governmental and non-governmental partners. Data from the PHIA Project are prepared and disseminated in stages in order to allow the release of preliminary data as soon as possible. Results announced to date show that five African countries—Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe— are approaching control of their HIV epidemics.

NIDA Grant Awarded to Researchers to Identify Best Practices to Boost PrEP Adherence

A team of international collaborators in New York, Miami, and Montreal received an $8 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to continue their work to determine the best strategies for effectively providing people who inject drugs with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to protect them from HIV infection. The research team, co-led by Mailman School of Public Health’s Dr. Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Stephen Smith Professor and Chair of Sociomedical Sciences in New York, is using a patient navigation approach and comparing this to directly providing care in venues that provide services to people who inject drugs. PrEP has been predominantly aimed at men who have sex with men, and there has been little research on people who inject drugs, especially in North America. The NIDA grant also will include hepatitis C treatment in this population.

Project STAY– Screening and Treatment for High-Risk Youth

Under the direction of Dr. Alwyn Cohall, professor of Sociomedical Sciences and director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center, Project STAY (Services to Assist Youth) will provide testing for adolescents and young adults at seven school and community World AIDS Day events. Presentations will also be made at several of these sites:

Fashion Institute of Technology, Lab High School, Guttman Community College, NYP- Argus Community Center, Red Ball (DOHMH House Ball event), Gotham High School, and Lehman High School.

Project Stay, part of the Mailman School of Public Health, provides sexual health education, risk reduction, STI/HIV screening and treatment services to high-risk youth; and comprehensive medical and psychosocial services youth living with HIV.

Prisoners for AIDS Counseling and Education (PACE)

For the fifth year in a row, Dr. Robert Fullilove, associate dean of Community and Minority Affairs and professor of Sociomedical Sciences, is participating in Prisoners for AIDS Counseling and Education (PACE)-sponsored World AIDS Day events. He is making presentations at two prison facilities, Fishkill State Correctional Facility and Woodbourne State Correctional Facility, as part of their World AIDS Day commemorations. PACE is a prisoner-created and prisoner-operated organization.