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CDC recognizes UCSF's research as critical to HIV prevention
Date:1/29/2009

Two HIV prevention interventions developed by UCSF researchers have been selected as additions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2008 Compendium of Evidence-based HIV Prevention Interventions.

The UCSF interventionsPositive Choice: Interactive Video Doctor and the Healthy Living Projectcomprise two of the eight added to the list of 57 rigorously evaluated highly effective HIV prevention programs recommended by the CDC for implementation.

"Both of these interventions meet the CDC's very highest standard and reflect UCSF's leadership in developing efficacious behavioral HIV prevention programs. The release of the CDC's 2008 Compendium is particularly timely as a new administration with a preference for evidence based approaches and a desire to better fund domestic HIV prevention programs takes charge," said Healthy Living senior investigator, Stephen F. Morin, director of UCSF's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and UCSF professor of medicine.

In addition, these UCSF research programs are among the first interventions to establish a reduction in the risk of transmission acts among people living with HIV, commonly called "prevention with positives." This has emerged as a top priority in CDC prevention planning because the approach can efficiently concentrate resources on reducing the number of new infections by engaging people living with HIV as partners in prevention.

Positive Choice: Interactive Video Doctor uses a video doctor to simulate the ideal doctor-patient risk counseling conversation. Interactive video clips using an actor-portrayed doctor are matched to patients' answers from assessment questions allowing the omission of any non-relevant counseling. The counseling sessions, which last an average of 24 minutes, end with a prompt to patients to discuss the risky behaviors with their healthcare provider during their regular appointment following the video counseling session. The program sharply reduced sexual
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Contact: Jeff Sheehy
jsheehy@ari.ucsf.edu
415-597-8165
University of California - San Francisco
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