NYU Penn State’s College Receives Donation Fund HIV Study

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National Institute of Drug Abuse granted a very generous donation to New York University and Penn State’s College worth $5.8 million. The purpose of the donation is to improve the health of marginalized people who are living with HIV.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) there are more than 1.2 million people in the United States who have contaminated the HIV infection and there are approximately 12.8% who are completely unaware that they have are living with the disease.

NIDA funded the $5.8 million to support Penn State’s College’s Professor Linda M. Collins who developed the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST).

MOST was designed by Dr. Collins as a means to intervene against engaging with the risk of contracting HIV.

The people who are most affected with the disease are either gay or bisexual or men who have intercourse with other men are blacks/African.

There are also Hispanic people living with HIV. People who have HIV should take antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Antiretroviral therapy is not popular among African and Hispanic. That’s why it is more common among their peers to contract the disease.

White peers are more aware and cautious of the dangers of contracting HIV.

Aside from Dr. Collins and NYU’s Research Scientist Marya Gwadz, Charles Cleland and Noelle Leonard who are both PhD’s of NYU Myers are also assisting in the research study.

They have also included Binghampton University’s Leo Wilton and Scott Braithwaite to assist at the NYU Langone School of Medicine.

Multiphase Optimization Strategy is a framework that was inspired by engineering. MOST will help the study on how to lessen HIV among adults and more importantly, how to prevent it.

This means of intervention is very significant not only for people who are living with HIV but also to public health researchers.

There are several goals that they wish to achieve with MOST. They want to identify what are the components that will contribute the most to their study.

Most people who have contracted the disease have a history with substance abuse.

Knowing their history and their sexual minority status can help the effectiveness of their intervention. Dr. Braithwaite has built an intervention package that is not only cost-effective but can also contribute to the first goal they wish to achieve.

It does not go unnoticed that there are racial gaps between people who are aware of the need of having HIV care.

That is why this study is very significant. In 2012, an approximate number of 13,712 people in America died because of HIV.

Their goal is to improve engagement with HIV care. Dr. Leonard believes that everyone deserves a change of good health, unfortunately, not everyone has the access to the care that they need.

African American/Black and Hispanic people rank high on their list of population that desperately needs an intervention.

Like any other problem, you would want to know each person’a perspective. That is also something they want to understand among minorities with HIV.

They also plan on mentoring them and having support groups as a means of motivation to take better care of their health.

They believe that giving them the support will build motivation for them to be more cautious and for them to be informed of the ways to prevent contracting the disease.

Rob Clark
 

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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