Projects

Project More Info
aidsvu AIDSVu is a website housing interactive online maps that allows visitors to visually explore the HIV epidemic in the United States by state, county and, in some cities, ZIP code and census tract. aidsvu.org

amisThe American Men’s Internet Survey (AMIS) is an annual cross-sectional online HIV behavioral survey of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. The primary objective of AMIS is to monitor trends in HIV risk behavior, use of HIV testing services, and access to prevention services among gay and bisexual men in order to improve public health services for HIV prevention.

campThe Emory Coalition for Applied Modeling for Prevention (CAMP) is a 5-year cooperative agreement funded by CDC/NCHHSTP to further modeling efforts in five areas: HIV, Tuberculosis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral Hepatitis, and School/Adolescent Health.  The goal is to create and adapt models that can be used to support public health decision-making and effectiveness at national, state and local levels. emorycamp.org
cpleasureC-PLEASURE is a double-blind, three-way randomized crossover trial to address two main issues: (1) male condoms are underutilized largely due to reduced experiences of pleasure; and (2) no condoms are currently indicated for anal sex. For the first issue, we will examine perceptions of pleasure and overall condoms use for three types of condoms (fitted, thin and standard condoms) and for the second issue, we will assess condom failure (slippage and breakage) among condoms used for anal sex

Preexposure chemoprophylaxis (PrEP) is most effective when taken daily. In the DOT Diary project, the AiCure aDOT smartphone app will be used for monitoring and supporting Truvada PrEP use and adherence among young MSM. 

elementEle[men]t is an observational cohort study of young black men who have sex with men (MSM) in Atlanta aimed at better understanding patterns of substance use and sexual risk.  Participants are asked to complete a detailed computer-based questionnaire and to receive HIV testing and counseling along with STI and substance use testing.  Element is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

engagementEngage[men]t is an NIH-funded study designed to better understand the factors contributing to racial disparities in HIV care and treatment among black and white HIV positive men who have sex with men (MSM).  The study will enroll 400 MSM in Atlanta and follow them prospectively for 2 years and will include quantitative, qualitative and laboratory data collections methods.

healthmindrHealthMindr is a pilot study funded by MAC AIDS Fund to test an HIV prevention mobile app for men who have sex with men in Atlanta and Seattle. The app was built using feedback from focus group discussions with gay and bisexual men and HIV testing counselors in Atlanta, Seattle, and U.S. rural regions. The goal of the app is to help men to assess their HIV risk, build an HIV testing plan, find HIV testing sites, receive customized reminders to get tested, order condoms and HIV testing kits, and identify locations that offer HIV treatment as well as learn about PrEP, nPEP, and STI screening and find locations where these services are provided. 

hepvuHepVu is an interactive online resource that visualizes the first standardized state-level estimates of people with past or current Hepatitis C infection across the United States. These estimates were generated by Emory University’s Coalition for Applied Modeling for Prevention (CAMP), a project supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  HepVu is a Powered By AIDSVu project presented by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc.

hepvu.org

iREACH is a randomized control trial study utilizing a mobile-friendly WebApp intervention focused on life skills training for adolescent MSM (ages 13-18) in four geographically diverse (urban, sub-urban, rural) regions in the US heavily effected by HIV. iREACH allows youth to lower their vulnerability to HIV infection (if HIV negative), or to optimally manage their HIV diagnoses (if HIV positive) by: (1) providing life-skills educational modules tailored to their unique needs and characteristics; (2) encouraging youth to set life goals and achieve them by accessing locally available services; and (3) providing a searchable, tailored directory of LGBTQ-welcoming resources across the region. iREACH will also embed a peer-to-peer counseling component via a HIPAA-compliant video-chat (Vsee) to aid adolescents in achieving these goals.

iTechHIV Adolescent Trials Network (ATN): The UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology (iTech) across the prevention and care continuum is a coordinating center responsible for the conduct of a portfolio of HIV prevention and treatment randomized controlled trials, focused on electronic and mobile interventions for adolescent men who have sex with men.

continuumHIV Continuum is an interactive map illustrating the HIV care continuum in several large cities in the United States. hivcontinuum.org
kiuKeep It Up! (KIU!) is a project that seeks to test the efficacy of an internet-based prevention intervention that was developed by Dr. Brian Mustanski and the Impact Program at Northwestern University. KIU! is a multi-media online HIV prevention program developed for young (18-24 years old) men who have sex with men (MSM). The intervention includes discussions of community involvement, scenarios on hooking-up online, communication skills in relationships (including negotiating safer sex), condom use, HIV knowledge, and HIV/STI risks. Men were recruited from various community-based organizations in each of the following three US cities: Atlanta, New York, and Chicago.

knowathomeKnow@Home is a four-part nation-wide study that aims to evaluate the use and effectiveness of self-test kits as a public health strategy for increasing HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM).

The Key Population Implementation Science (KPIS) South Africa is an implementation trial to investigate the effectiveness of a package of interventions to improve HIV treatment in MSM. The purpose is to identify MSM living with HIV, link them to care, retain them in care, and support adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) to achieve viral suppression. The overall objective is to optimize the HIV treatment cascade for MSM in six urban, peri-urban, and rural settings in South Africa.
Mobile Messaging Intervention to Present New HIV Prevention Options for MSM (MMI4MSM) is a randomized control trial taking place in Atlanta, New York City, and Detroit evaluating the acceptability, use, and effectiveness of a smartphone-based platform for delivering sexual health and prevention messages to men who have sex with men. The study will evaluate the use and efficacy of mobile-messaging platforms as a public health strategy for improving sexual health outcome measures among MSM by determining whether exposure to the message-delivery platform results in improvements in participants’ self-reported sexual health and prevention behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes.

prepathomePrEP@Home is a home support package to reduce the required number of in-person visits for PrEP patients, thereby preserving provider time and alleviating patient barriers, and reducing the overall healthcare costs of PrEP. 

preplocatorPrEP Locator is a national directory of providers of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in the US. PrEP Locator seeks to provide patients access to a national, integrated service including both public and private practice providers. An open source tool, PrEP Locator data and map-based widget are easily accessible via API..

https://preplocator.org/

Rectal Lubricant Use and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in Men Who Have Sex with Men is a CDC funded randomized clinical trial to examine the potential interaction of hyperosmolar rectal lubricant use and TDF/FTC for PrEP on markers of HIV susceptibility in the rectum of HIV negative MSM. 

sibanyeThe Sibanye Health Project, a Methods of Prevention Packages Program (MP3) is a 4-phase prevention intervention project that aims to test combination HIV prevention interventions and services for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Southern Africa, to determine the acceptability of the package, and to develop a rational and well-informed proposal for a subsequent efficacy trial of the prevention package.
strongertogetherStronger Together is a randomized control trial being conducted in three cities (Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago). The study focuses on male couples with different HIV statuses to examine the impact of couples-focused care on linkage to HIV care, retention in care, and adherence to ART.
Transgender Survey for National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) PRISM Health and collaborators are developing a survey tool designed specifically for use among transgender women. NHBS, a national behavioral surveillance program led by the CDC, will use this tool to effectively target its prevention activities and examine risk behaviors among this population.

 

Project More Info
Barriers to Online Prevention Research (BOPR) was the first online cross-sectional study conducted by our team in early 2009. BOPR collected data on sexual behavior, HIV and STI testing behaviors, and use of HIV prevention services and technology among MSM in the United States over the age of 18. A total of 9005 surveys were collected for this project over the course of three weeks in March to April 2009 through the placement of banner advertisements on Myspace.com.

breakthruProject BreakThru was a one-year research study that sought to examine how the experience of being incarcerated impacts sexual risk taking behaviors, differences, and ideas about sexuality among black and white men who have sex with men (MSM) living in Atlanta. Qualitative interviews were undertaken with of a sample of black and white MSM ages 18 to 40 years old. BreakThru was an Emory led initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Emory University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).

checkinginChecking In (The Sex Study for Men) was a 12-month study of HIV behavioral risks. The study aimed to demonstrate the possibility of using emerging targeting methods to efficiently enroll black and Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) into online prevention studies, describe and evaluate retention incentives and strategies for collecting behavioral data through SMS (or text messaging), and demonstrate the operations, feasibility, and acceptability of collecting biological specimens.
CVCT Scales was a couples based pilot study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), that emerged out of an HIV prevention intervention that has a long history in South Africa: couples voluntary HIV counseling and testing (CVCT). This South African-based program identified HIV discordant heterosexual couples (one partner HIV positive and the other HIV negative) for prevention, pathogenesis, and vaccine evaluation research. The Emory Couples Testing and Counseling study adapted and evaluated the existing program in order to develop CVCT protocols appropriate for the use of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. A randomized and small feasibility trial among MSM couples in Atlanta was conducted, new scales to measure couple efficacy were created and tested, and the information collected was used to inform a new Emory University-led intervention called Testing Together.
Engage was a supplemental survey study that aimed to understand how different types of barriers collectively influence care-seeking behaviors among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) living in Atlanta, Georgia and determine how these relationships may vary spatially (by neighborhood). 
Gay Men's Chorus Study was a cross-sectional pilot study that aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of online referrals through Facebook. Men from the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus were invited to participate in an online survey and at the end were given the option to invite a certain number of their friends to partake in the survey via Facebook.
HIV Exposure in a Sample of Men who Have Sex with Men (HESN) collected peripheral blood and rectal biopsy samples from a sample of highly exposed seronegative men who have sex with men and characterized potential genetic or immunologic mechanisms of protection from HIV infection. This study is a collaboration with Case Western Reserve University and New York University and was funded by NIH.  It is closed to enrollment, and data analyses are ongoing.
HIV FOCUS was a project funded by Gilead Sciences, Inc to evaluate a multi-city routine HIV screening program.
HOT Pilot  was a web-based survey that randomized participants to receive videos with information about various different types of HIV prevention methods including condoms, PrEP, rectal microbicides, and treatment as prevention. The goal of this project was to assess whether willingness to use different types of interventions differed depending on which messages participants received.
Improving Consent and Survey Procedures for young MSM in Web-based HIV Prevention was a two phase study created to to develop better methods for conducting online HIV prevention research. Phase I sought to explore alternative methods engaging participants in web-based research with consent information in order to maximize comprehension of material. Phase II of the project explored alternative methods of incentivizing survey participation in order to improve survey completion.
involvementInvolve[men]t was a longitudinal HIV and STI incidence cohort study of black and white non-Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) that sought understand why black men have HIV and STI infection rates higher than that of white men. involvementresults.org
lovelabLove Lab was a one-year-long qualitative study that seeks to gain a better understanding of how love, intimacy, and trust affect sexual risk-taking among young MSM.
lustProject LUST (Let Us Stand Together)/LUST Speaks were mixed-methods studies with the goal of examining the dimensions of intimate partner violence among gay and bisexual men in the Atlanta area.
manpowerMAN Power was a qualitative study that examined relationship characteristics and factors involved in partner choice among black and white MSM in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
manThe Men’s Atlanta Networks Project (The MAN Project) was a cross-sectional chain-link study of the sexual networks of black and white non-Hispanic MSM that sought to help understand how HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) spread in MSM communities, and why black men are at more risk. MSM were recruited from venues throughout Atlanta and others were referred into the study as sex partners of participants. Participants were required to complete a detailed computer-based questionnaire and to receive HIV counseling and testing, and STI testing. This initiative was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Modeling Approaches to Racial Disparities in Atlanta MSM (MARDHAM) was a project designed to develop a comprehensive set of individual, dyadic, and triadic network parameters, accounting for transmission potential, for use in an agent-based HIV transmission model for black and white MSM in metropolitan Atlanta.
MSM Testing Initiative (MTI) was a CDC-funded initiative aimed at identifying 3,000 previously undiagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) and linking 85% of them to care. This initiative was collaboration between Emory University and Abt Associates and employed four outreach and recruitment strategies aimed at reaching undiagnosed MSM. MTI partnered with local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) across the country to implement HIV testing through expanded and enhanced venue-based testing, at-home internet testing, couples voluntary counseling and testing, and episodic testing in high prevalence cities.
pumaOnline surveys for the Prevention Umbrella for Men in the Americas (PUMA) were led by PRISM Health to collect data in the United States, Peru, and Brazil to inform the larger PUMA study being undertaken out of the University of California San Francisco and led by Susan Buchbinder. PUMA aimed to build an efficacy trial and HIV prevention package by selecting interventions that were likely to have the largest impact among MSM. The project has collected surveys in Peru, Brazil, and the United States, and gathered information on technology use, sexual behavior, HIV and STI testing behavior, and other information helpful for developing a package of behavioral and biomedical HIV interventions.
sitqSex is the Question was an online cross-sectional survey that consisted of three consecutive years of data collection. The project aimed to collect data from over 10,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) across the United States in each of the data collection cycles. The purpose of Sex Is The Question was to be able to monitor trends in HIV risk behaviors among MSM and provide supplemental national HIV behavioral data in addition to what is collected for the existing National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System that collects data on MSM every three years. 
Surf's Up was a cross-sectional observational study which examined what men who have sex with men (MSM) post in their online profiles. In particular, this study sought to examine demographic and geographic differences in the self-reporting and disclosure of HIV sero-status and preferences for safer sex.
shareProject Stress, Health, AND Relationships (SHARe) was a mixed-method research study that took place over a five-year period. With qualitative and quantitative data collected from diverse samples of same-sex couples, project SHARe aimed to identify previously unexamined stressors that same-sex couples experience due to minority stress, as well as develop and test new scale measures of couple-level minority stressors. In-depth interviews and web-based surveys of gay and lesbian couples ages 21 and older were conducted in both San Francisco, California and Atlanta, Georgia. Project SHARe was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was conducted in partnership with San Francisco State University (SFSU).
Project STRONG Comparative Risks and Benefits of Gender Reassignment Therapies aimed to examine short- and long-term physical and mental health outcomes experienced by transgender and gender nonconforming individuals who underwent or are undergoing hormonal and/or surgical gender confirmation interventions. Project STRONG Cohort Study of Mortality and Morbidity in Transgender Persons aimed to understand mortality – from all causes – among transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and to assess the occurrence of chronic age-related conditions, mental health problems, and sexually transmitted diseases and among transgender patients.
testingtogetherTesting Together was a service that provided an opportunity for men who have sex with men (MSM) to receive an HIV test and result in the same room at the same time with a sexual partner. Targeting male couples, the goal of Testing Together was to initiate an ongoing healthy conversation between partners about HIV in their relationship and to allow them to talk openly about building a protection plan and relationship agreements together. Testing Together was funded by the MAC AIDS Fund, and was conducted in partnership with the Ric Crawford Clinic, the Broadway Youth Center, and the Howard Brown Health Center.The service was available in Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and San Diego.

Understanding Rectal HIV Transmission Among At-risk Men Who Have Sex with Men This study seeks to characterize the rectal immune environment and microbiome of HIV negative MSM who are engaging in receptive anal intercourse without an condom. This study is funded by NIH and CFAR and is closed to enrollment.  Data analyses are ongoing. 

MSM Worldwide Descriptive Survey (WDS) was an online survey launched in 10 countries around the world aimed to compare experiences as a gay/bisexual man, sexual risk behaviors, HIV testing behaviors, and access to and use of prevention services among all countries. 
WHBS - National MSM Web-based HIV Behavioral Survey was a cross sectional survey or men who have sex with men in the United States using web-based technology. Over 10,000 men were recruited into the sample across the United States. The survey included information on risk behaviors, HIV testing behaviors, and use of prevention services.