CDC Awards $2 Million For Black Men/HIV Study?

Published: August 30, 2010

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — In a cooperative agreement, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) granted the Research Foundation of The City University of New York, on behalf of Hunter College, $2 million for Evaluating Locally-Developed (Homegrown) HIV Prevention Interventions for African-American Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM).

Validating the importance of the study, the CDC notes, “HIV infection directly or indirectly related to male-to-male sexual intercourse, is the single major contributor to HIV infection among African-Americans, accounting for an estimated 50% of all US AIDS cases diagnosed among African-American men. Despite this disproportionate burden, few HIV prevention/risk reduction interventions have been specifically designed and evaluated for efficacy among African American Men who have Sex with Men (AAMSM). The proposed study will address this gap by implementing and rigorously testing the efficacy in reducing HIV risk behaviors among a sample of 300 AAMSM, ages 18-55, in New York City through the Critical Thinking and Cultural Affirmation (CTCA) HIV risk behavior intervention.”

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