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Wed 7/8/2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Importance of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Primary Care: Urban Clinic's Perspective MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Importance of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Primary Care: Urban Clinic's Perspective
Wed 7/8/2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

The purpose of this webinar is to define Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), discuss the importance of implementing PrEP in an urban primary care setting, describe the process of prescribing PrEP, and discuss strategies for leveraging resources in an urban area.


** Online/Virtual Event **
Wed 7/15/2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Accessing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Billing and Coding MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Accessing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Billing and Coding
Wed 7/15/2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

The purpose of this webinar is to describe the process of coding for PrEP in WV and PA, discuss the implementation of billing for PrEP, and compare the different options for paying for PrEP.


** Online/Virtual Event **
Mon 7/20/2020 11:00AM - 12:00PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Virtual HIV in West Virginia: Tackle the Epidemic, Not the Opioids MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Virtual HIV in West Virginia: Tackle the Epidemic, Not the Opioids
Mon 7/20/2020 11:00AM - 12:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

This webinar will focus on the question of why there is a raging epidemic of addiction. The current opioid epidemic is a symptom of the fraying of the socio-economic fabric of rural United States. We will also look at the reasons why funding should be targeted to substance misuse, not to the drug of the moment.


** Online/Virtual Event **
Tue 7/21/2020 9:00AM - 10:00AM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Special Populations in Ending the HIV Epidemic: Routine HIV Testing in Adolescents MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Special Populations in Ending the HIV Epidemic: Routine HIV Testing in Adolescents
Tue 7/21/2020 9:00AM - 10:00AM
** Online/Virtual Event **

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe current guidelines and epidemiology for HIV testing among adolescents, identify key steps in educating health professionals on routine HIV testing for adolescents, and discuss lessons learned and how to implement these lessons learned across EHE regions.


** Online/Virtual Event **
Thu 7/23/2020 2:00PM - 3:00PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Telehealth and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) during COVID-19 MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Telehealth and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) during COVID-19
Thu 7/23/2020 2:00PM - 3:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

This session will describe PrEP and the importance of adherence during the COVID-19 pandemic, barriers to PrEP that have been brought on by COVID-19, strategies to overcome barriers and promote adherence, and how telehealth can be used to promote PrEP.


** Online/Virtual Event **
Thu 7/30/2020 2:00PM - 3:00PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Roadmap for COVID-19 Vaccine Development MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Webinar/Online Event
Roadmap for COVID-19 Vaccine Development
Thu 7/30/2020 2:00PM - 3:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

This webinar will describe the process of vaccine development during COVID-19 and discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with vaccine development.


** Online/Virtual Event **

Recent Events

IDM Master's Defense

Harley Roth - MPH MIC '18: PrEP Awareness in Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender Women..

Friday 4/20 11:00AM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health

PrEP Awareness in Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender Women Who Sought Services from the Allegheny County Health Department HIV/STD Clinic, 2016-2017

Abstract: In 2016, the estimated total of new HIV infections was 39,782 in the United States. The majority of these cases occurred among men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2014, 74.6% of diagnosed HIV cases in Allegheny County were among MSM. 852 per 100,000 Black individuals were living with diagnosed HIV compared to 131 per 100,000 White individuals in 2014 for the county. In 2016, there were 127 new HIV cases diagnosed within the county. HIV within MSM in Allegheny County is a prominent public health issue that needs addressed. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug called Truvada to be used for HIV as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). This drug is an efficacious prevention method to protect from HIV infection. Previous research shows low awareness of PrEP in all MSM communities, particularly in Black MSM. Awareness of PrEP is a first stepping stone into rolling out this new prevention measure. 

This study aims to provide insight into PrEP awareness in Allegheny County, PA among MSM, transgender women, and gender non-conforming individuals who were assigned a sex of male at birth attending the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) HIV/STD clinic. PrEP awareness for this study was defined as being aware that PrEP is a drug used as a prevention method to protect from HIV infection. 

In 2016 and 2017, 191 MSM in Allegheny County, PA were surveyed at the ACHD HIV/STD clinic about their PrEP awareness. 84% of this population had heard about PrEP, while 16% had not. There was found to be no association between either year the survey was taken (2016-2017), gender, sexual orientation, or perceived risk of the participants. Compared to 18-25-year-old individuals, those 55+ were significantly less likely to be aware of PrEP (aOR = 7.66; 95% CI: 1.28, 45.80). Also, compared to White/Caucasians, Mixed/Multiracial individuals were significantly less likely to be aware of PrEP (aOR = 4.63; 95% CI: 1.05, 20.41). 

Findings suggest that overall this population had a high level of PrEP awareness compared to past research as 84% of the sample were aware of PrEP. Future interventions should be focused on older ages as well as Mixed/Multiracial individuals as well as other racial minorities. More research is needed as PrEP awareness is just the beginning of PrEP implementation into a community. Further research should be done to assess PrEP adherence and long-term continuation as well as barriers and facilitators of PrEP uptake and use to further assist in reduction of new HIV cases within this population. 

Advisor: Dr. Mackey Friedman

Last Updated On Thursday, April 19, 2018 by Abby Kincaid
Created On Thursday, April 19, 2018

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