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HIV study analyzes social media-based prevention strategies


Researchers from Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ) are investigating how social media can be used as a tool to prevent new HIV transmissions.

The study, titled "Keeping it Lite: Exploring HIV Risk in Vulnerable Youth With Limited Interaction," implements ads and other modes of outreach on apps and websites such as Grindr, Tinder and Facebook to enroll both young men who have sex with men as well as transgender women, two demographics especially at risk for HIV infection. Transgender men are being sought as well.

According to CCHHS officials, participants will be offered access to HIV testing and prevention information as will take part in optional data-gathering about their health behaviors, sociodemographic characteristics and socioecological influences.

The purpose is "to make a cohort so we understand what it is about where they are finding their partners—their venues, their personal behaviors and their social networking"—and

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Australian HIV/AIDS Legal Guide
278 pages
Australian HIV/AIDS Legal Guide

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The Complete HIV/AIDS Teaching Kit, With CD-ROM
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The Complete HIV/AIDS Teaching Kit, With CD-ROM

Western Blot is a highly specific supplemental test that detects the presence of HIV antibodies in the blood. The Western Blot test is less sensitive than the ELISA test, but it hardly ever gives a false positive result; therefore, it is used for confirming the ELISA test. Rapid serum HIV antibody tests, saliva- and urine- based antibody tests, and home HIV antibody testing kits also have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are commercially available (Constantine, ...

HIV and AIDS:, Basic Elements and Priorities
418 pages
HIV and AIDS:, Basic Elements and Priorities

If inconclusive, the test sample is re-tested after 1–2 weeks. The first E/R/S test selected for any of the following three strategies should have high sensitivity. The second and third E/R/S tests should have high specificity to eliminate likelihood of false positive results. 1. Strategy-I: The clinical sample is subjected once to E/R /S using a highly sensitive and reliable test kit. If positive, the clinical sample is considered HIV infected and if negative, it is taken as HIV free. 2. Strategy-II: The  ...

Prescription for Nutritional Healing
869 pages
Prescription for Nutritional Healing

Government research shows a rapid HIV test can be used on women during childbirth. An estimated 700,000 children worldwide developed HIV infections last year, most in Africa and from mother-to-child transmission during childbirth or early infancy. Doctors hope that ... To date, the FDA has approved only one home test kit, the Home Access Express HIV-1 Test System from Home Access Health Corporation (see Manufacturer and Distributor Information in the Appendix). Beware of ...

Essentials of Immunology and Serology
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Essentials of Immunology and Serology

The home access test may be purchased via the internet, by telephone, or at various drugstores nationwide (USA). Individuals who choose to use the “Home Access HIV Test System” make a small puncture at a site near the tip of the middle or ring finger, using an instrument provided in the test kit. Then a large drop of blood is applied to the inside of a designated circle on a blood collection card, also provided in the kit. This card is referred to as a dried blood spot collection device and ...

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