Science Magazine: 10 Cities and Ryan White

Science Magazine: 10 Cities and Ryan White

August 7, 2012
Science Mag HIV AIDS 10 Cities

A July 2012 special edition of Science magazine looks at 10 cities and how they are coping with HIV/AIDS. Most of the people and programs featured are HRSA grantees from across all components of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program—Part A city health departments, Part C community clinics, SPNS projects. Highlights in the issue, brought to the TARGET Center's attention by HRSA/HAB's Michelle Browne, include:

  • Mapping Community Viral Load. Knowing viral loads in specific neighborhoods can help guide decisions on where to target care and prevention resources. This initiative is being lead by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
  • Tackling the Treatment Cascade. A review of a test-and-treat study to link more infected people into care and reduce their viral load levels to undetectable, thus significantly lowering the risk of transmission to others. HPTN 065 is underway in New York and five other cities and received much attention at the International AIDS Conference 2012. Study results might come up with answers on the treatment cascade—distressing data on the small proportion of infected individuals in the United States (28 out of 100) whose virus is fully suppressed.
  • The Southern Epidemic. Coping with HIV in the south, featuring projects in Birmingham (the “full-service HIV/AIDS center” of the 1917 Clinic of the University of Alabama-Birmingham), Atlanta (Grady’s Special Immunology Service), and Jackson. 
  • HIV/AIDS Along the Border. Research on HIV/AIDS on and across the U.S.-Mexico border by the University of California, San Diego. 
  • Incarcerated Populations. This article highlights HIV services for inmates and those being released via Providence’s Miriam Hospital and their Project Bridge. 

The TARGET Center offers resources on these and many other HIV/AIDS issues, available via Topics pages or the Search feature. Examples include HIV/AIDS clinician training along the southern border with Mexico under the AETC UMBAST project and resources on serving the incarcerated, like Jail Time for Testing.

Read the full Science article, HIV/AIDS in America, which is presented via a map-based interface with photos and more. Online access is free but requires registration with the magazine.