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The Howard University HIV Prevention Program (H2P)

H2P

The Howard University HIV Prevention Program (H2P) is focused on addressing HIV prevention among students currently enrolled on the campus of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The project will train campus health service providers on PrEP and effective HIV testing and counseling approaches. Simultaneously, the project will conduct a social marketing campaign targeting students to raise their awareness of the HIV threat and how to reduce their personal risk of infection. This will be accomplished via enhancing participants’ skills and knowledge on ways to protect themselves from contracting HIV via behavioral and biomedically approved approaches such as PrEP.

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.

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)

 

 


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