The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Florida International University Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work a $1.39 million grant to study how patient-centered HIV care influences patients seeking medical care and how they participate in treatment to suppress the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) virus.
Led by epidemiology professor and researcher Dr. Mary Jo Trepka, the five-year study will look at how variations in the care provided to low-income HIV-infected patients in the Ryan White program in Miami-Dade County is affecting overall health outcomes. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is a national comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. The study is a collaboration between FIU, Behavioral Science Research Corporation, and Miami-Dade County, which manages the Ryan White Program.
“Viral suppression not only benefits the individual, but it also benefits the community by decreasing the number of people who can transmit HIV infection, and by preventing the transmission of HIV strains that are resistant to antiviral medications,” Dr. Trepka said. “In order to guide the development of interventions to optimize HIV care and treatment delivery, this project will identify HIV provider factors that help patients remain in care, take their medications, and be virally suppressed.”Friday Letter Submission