Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are one of the world’s most serious and widespread public health challenges. More than 1 million STIs are acquired every day, according to the World Health Organization. In 2020 alone, an estimated 37.6 million people worldwide were living with HIV and 1.5 million individuals became newly infected.
UW Students, Faculty Reveal New Strategies for Prevention & Treatment of Viral Infections at CROI 2021
At the 2021 Virtual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), UW researchers shared groundbreaking research aimed at preventing and treating HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
As the first lawyer to participate in Fogarty’s Global Health Fellows and Scholars program, Neiloy Sircar examined human rights and HIV in Kenya. The country has been encouraging testing and notification of partners and children who may be at risk as part of its strategy to control HIV and link more people with treatment.
The University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) present the New Investigator Awards each year. These awards fund and support HIV and AIDS research by new, promising investigators early in their careers. The 2019 awards will allow Department of Global Health researchers, Kristin-Beima Sofie, Katrina Ortblad, and Arianna Means to study ways to empower caregivers of adolescents living with HIV, PrEP delivery by community pharmacies, and nutritional services for HIV-exposed children in Kenya.
The UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), which is housed within the University of Washington (UW) Department of Global Health, has received a 5-year, $17.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to provide critical services and support for HIV researchers in Seattle.
Dr. Scott Barnhart, from the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) within the University of Washington Department of Global Health, has received $9.2 million for year 1 of a 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to help control the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe through expanding voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).
By Ashlie Chandler / UW School of Public Health
University of Washington researchers have pinpointed genetic variants that markedly increase HIV infection risk among people exposed to the virus.
These variants, described in a study published earlier this month in PLOS Pathogens, raised the risk of HIV infection by two- to eight-fold.
The University of Washington's Department of Global Health announced Thursday that HIV diagnoses in King County are at their lowest levels in over 30 years.
The numbers of new HIV diagnoses in King County and Washington state are at their lowest levels since 1985 and 1998, respectively, according to new data from Washington state and Public Health-Seattle & King County.
By Samantha Bushman
One UW student wants to treat not only HIV, but also the web of mental health issues that so often accompany it.