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Enhancing hiv testing and counseling for men recently released from jail or prison in oakland and their sexual or needle

  1. 1. Enhancing HIV Testing and Counseling for Men Recently Released from Jailor Prison in Oakland and their Sexual or Needle-Sharing PartnersInvestigator: Ifeoma UdohProject Partners: Jamila Shipp, Stephanie Cornwell (CALPEP); Christina Grijalva, ScottCarroll (La Clinica de la Raza); Meredith Minkler, Sandra McCoy (UC Berkeley School ofPublic Health)Given the high rates of infection in Alameda County among African Americans, as well as theconvergence of sexual risk with HIV risks associated with substance use and needle sharingpartners, we propose to conduct an innovative project offering HTC to men within a week oftheir prison or jail release, and to encouraging them, through different incentive strategies, torefer their sexual and needle-sharing partners for HTC. In this way, we will not only engageparolees with HIV prevention services, but also work to access their potential HIV risk partnerswho are also highly vulnerable to HIV infection.The objectives for this pilot study are:1) determine HIV testing uptake and HIV prevalence among recently released men inOakland, California between November 2012 and March 2013;2) describe the risk-taking behavior of parolees while incarcerated and in the week afterrelease from prison or jail;3) assess the social & structural needs of parolees as they reintegrate into the community,and4) pilot test three incentive-based strategies to increase the uptake of HIV testing among thesexual- and needle-sharing partners of recently released men.

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