The primary mission of the ATN for HIV/AIDS Interventions is to conduct research, both independently and in collaboration with existing research networks. A quarter century of behavioral intervention research has focused on primary and secondary HIV prevention, including 15 years of ATN research.
Other Funded U19s
CARES (Comprehensive Adolescent Recruitment & Engagement Strategies) at UCLA: HIV among youth has doubled in the last 15 years, with incidence expected to increase 39% by 2020. If acutely infected youth can be identified and treated during the period when their infectivity to others is 5-to 10-fold, we can reduce this expected rise as well as improve youth’s long-term health, reflected in smaller viral reservoirs. The set of studies in this U19 tests a comprehensive set of strategies for acutely infected youth, youth with established infection, and seronegative youth at highest risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV – with policy implications for communities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
iTECH: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Emory Center for Innovative Technology: iTech will target people under the age of 30, the population with most new HIV infections in U.S. The effort is led by Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine. iTech will facilitate the execution of six research studies. Each study will use technology to address a barrier to the HIV care continuum. Based at UNC, iTech includes seven sites around the U.S., allowing researchers to collaboratively develop the center’s health interventions.
ATN Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC): The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC) is serving as the coordinating center for ATN. CSCC investigator Dr. Myra Carpenter is co-PI with the UNC Department of Biostatistics' Dr. Michael Hudgens. The center will serve as the central resource for network communications, cataloging of biosamples, and data management.