HIV Treatment Works Campaign

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HIV Treatment Works: The HIV Treatment Works campaign encourages people living with HIV to Get in Care , Stay in Care and Live Well . Today, you can live a longer, healthier life by being in medical care and on HIV treatment. People featured in these videos share how they live well with HIV and how you can, too. Find …

Moving Forward Together: Advancing Health Care for Those Left Behind

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On September 27, 2016, Florida Community Health Action Information Network (CHAIN) will host its second annual conference, Moving Forward Together: Advancing Health Care for Those Left Behind. The conference will join national experts, advocates, consumers, health care providers, and other stakeholder together in an effort to spread information about current health care topics and ways to improve the health of all …

Marijuana and HIV Viral Load Suppression

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A recent study from SHARC headed by Dr. Chukwuemeka Okafor indicates that marijuana use may not have an adverse effect on viral load suppression in persons living with HIV (PLWH). The article was titled Marijuana use and viral suppression in persons receiving medical care for HIV-infection, and was published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Dr. Okafor stated, “Marijuana use is common …

Effects of Heavy Alcohol Use on Clinical Outcomes of HIV Patients on ART

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Two longitudinal studies from Brown University have found that persons living with HIV (PLWH) who have alcohol use disorder or engage in high levels of alcohol consumption may be at increased risk of all-cause mortality. This is increasingly significant in terms of clinical research as resent estimates indicate that approximately 61% of PLWH have consumed alcohol in the past year with nearly 15% …

Spotlight: Chukwuemeka Okafor, Ph.D.

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On Thursday, June 30th, 2016 Chukwuemeka Okafor, MPH, Ph.D, defended his dissertation titled, “Marijuana Use Among HIV-Seropositive and HIV-Seronegative Men: Long Term Trends, Predictors of Use, and Impact on Cognitive Function.” Dr. Okafor earned his Bachelors in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and his Masters in Health Behavior from the University of North Florida in 2012. He then came …

Spotlight: Jon Mills, M.B.A, Ph.D.

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On June 2, 2016, Jon Mills, MBA, PhD, defended his dissertation titled, “Comparative Effectiveness of Dual-Action versus Single-Action Antidepressants for Treatment of People Diagnosed with Co-Occurring HIV/AIDS and a Major Depression: A Growing Syndemic,” a study that involved a collaboration with the CFAR Network of Integration Clinical Systems (CNICS) cohort study. Dr. Mills was a doctoral student at SHARC. He completed his Masters in Business Administration at …

Vanessa Ayala Wins Best Poster Presentation Award

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From FIU’s Stemple News: Most people don’t expect to catch Shark Week on TV until late June. But at FIU, we celebrated our own SHARC week a little earlier… This year’s SHARC Conference took place on FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus on May 18 and included workgroups, speakers and a poster session where students and investigators presented some of their work. …

Alcohol Use and Treatment in Women Living with HIV

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From The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, written by Jill Pease: A pair of recent University of Florida studies examines reasons for alcohol consumption and use of alcohol treatment among women living with HIV. About half of women who are HIV positive report consuming alcohol and 14 to 24 percent drink at hazardous levels. Hazardous drinking can …

Researchers Explore Key Lessons from HIV Programs to Redesign Refugee Health Services

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The worldwide response to the HIV epidemic provides a standard which researchers, policymakers, and providers can use to better service those with non-communicable, chronic diseases, particularly in emergencies. In a recent study, Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University and ICAP global director, and Dr. Miriam Rabkin, professor of epidemiology at Columbia and director of Health Systems Strategy …

Brown Unviersity Develops Coding System to Characterize Topics of Patient Speech in a Motivational Intervention for Alcohol and HIV/Sexual risk in Emergency Department Patients

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Brown University’s Dr. Christopher W. Kahler, professor and department chair of behavioral and social sciences, and colleagues developed a topic coding system and found that topic coding may be a valuable resource for counselors. Coding patient language allows for healthcare professionals to gain insight into patient behavior. It is a way to understand the causes behind behavior change and could thus lead …