Prevention Umbrella for MSM in the Americas
The AIDS epidemic is a multitude of diverse epidemics. The epidemic throughout much of the Americas is concentrated primarily in men who have sex with men (MSM). Unlike all other risk groups in the US, HIV infection rates among MSM in the US have been climbing since the early 1990s. Epidemiologic research throughout much of Central and South America confirm these trends in MSM throughout these regions.
The long term goal of this research is to develop an optimal HIV prevention package for MSM in the Americas and to design a clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this promising combination of interventions. This research will build a package of different medical and counseling approaches that, in combination, are likely to have the biggest impact on stopping new HIV infections in men who have sex with men in North and South America. At the end of this 4-year project, we will have a full package of prevention approaches that will be ready to be tested in 4000-5000 men in North and South America, to see if we can drive down infection rates in this population.