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The Fenway Institute Helps Develop Model Of HIV Care For Transgender Women In Peru

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More than 100 transgender women in Lima, Peru, have joined an amfAR-funded study that aims to determine if combining HIV prevention and treatment with gender-affirming medical care will help these women access health services and remain in care. Transgender women have the highest prevalence of HIV in Peru—30 percent in Lima, according to one study, yet the least access to services. “Stigma and discrimination are powerful barriers that prevent transgender women from participating in society,” said principal investigator Dr. Javier Lama of Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación (IMPACTA), a nonprofit that conducts HIV/AIDS research. “The staff of most public 
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Study Explores New HIV Linkage to Care Model

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MSM continue to be the group most heavily affected by HIV in the US; while they represent only two percent of the U.S. population, MSM account for nearly 67% of newly diagnosed HIV infections. That burden is even heavier for gay and bisexual African American men. The CDC reports that from 2005 to 2014, the number of new HIV diagnoses among young African American gay and bisexual men increased 87%. These troubling numbers highlight the need for a variety linkage to care models to ensure that these men regularly take 
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The Fenway Institute Represents at AIDS 2016 in Durban, South Africa

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Digital technologies. Social networks. Breakthroughs in habit formation. Advances in medical therapy. These are some of the innovative tools that scientists and researchers at The Fenway Institute are exploring to fight the HIV pandemic here at home and around the world. Next week, a team of five Fenway scientists and researchers led by Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D., Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, will bring their latest findings to the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The annual event features experts in science, public policy, and public health presenting new research in HIV treatment, prevention, and 
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Fenway’s Dr. Kenneth Mayer Receives HPTN’s Ward Cates Spirit Award

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We are thrilled to announce that Kenneth Mayer, MD, Co-Chair and Medical Research Director at The Fenway Institute, has been honored by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) with its first ever Ward Cates Spirit Award. This award recognizes a Network member who has made outstanding contributions to HPTN’s mission through public health advocacy, leadership, and mentoring. The Spirit Award is named for Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, Distinguished Scientist and President Emeritus of FHI 360 and Principal Investigator of HIVNET’s International Master Contractor and HPTN from 1994 to 2006. Cates passed away in March of 2016. Winners of 
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Spotlighting HIV/STI Prevention For Transgender Men

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Transgender men and transmasculine individuals are all too often left out of the conversation around HIV and STI prevention. A new report led by researchers from The Fenway Institute hopes to address this knowledge gap by outlining the specific sexual health needs of this overlooked demographic. The report, titled LifeSkills for Men (LS4M): Pilot Evaluation of a Gender-Affirmative HIV and STI Prevention Intervention for Young Adult Transgender Men Who Have Sex with Men, is published in the Journal of Urban Health and is the first of its kind to explore HIV and STI prevention interventions focused on young adult transgender 
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