Providing HIV consultation, education and mentoring to healthcare professionals
The Howard University HIV Prevention Program (H2P)
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The rationale for this proposal is that despite a reported decline in HIV prevalence in the U.S., African Americans continue to be the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV in the United States with almost half (44%) of all new HIV infections occurring among African Americans who only represent 12 % of the US population.
The CDC notes “The greater number of people living with HIV (prevalence) in African American communities and the fact that African Americans tend to have sex with partners of the same race/ethnicity mean that African Americans face a greater risk of HIV infection with each new sexual encounter. The epidemic impacts African American youth in particular. Furthermore, roughly a third (39%) of all infections among African American gay and bisexual men, are among males aged 13 to 24.
Stigma, fear, discrimination, homophobia, and negative perceptions about HIV testing may also place many African Americans at higher risk and discourage testing.” These statements are particularly relevant to the tight social networks that characterize HBCU campuses where students are predominantly African American. H2P will be partnering with Morgan State University, Savannah State University, and Tuskegee University.
Thus we anticipate that with its focus on improving HIV counseling, testing, care and treatment services, a significant reduction of HIV on the campuses of the participating HBCUs will be evidenced. This outcome will be measured by conducting baseline and follow-up surveys. Anticipated impact is a reduction in HIV prevalence on the Campuses of participating HBCUs (at 6,8,10, and 12 months).