AIDS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The investigators propose the development and implementation of
a southern Texas/Hispanic Outreach Program for AIDS prevention
(STOP-AIDS). It will be a community-based multiproject center
with local, regional, and some international activities. The San
Antonio and south Texas region, an area about the size of
Connecticut with a population of 2.5 million, adjoins the Mexican
border, where there are four large border cities that have a
combined population of about 1.2 million. The region has
relatively few cases of AIDS, with most concentrated in San
Antonio (93) and Corpus Christi (19). An exact count is not
available because of migration and reporting problems.
Seroprevalence is likewise still low, about 25-30% in gay men and
2% in IV drug users. Some early outreach/education efforts are
underway, however, these are insufficient. No specific programs
are yet targeted at the large Hispanic population. For these reasons, the investigators feel that prevention efforts
are particularly important in the region and propose several
specific projects: (1) Outreach/Education, which directs
information and incentives for voluntary testing to high-risk
groups: IV drug users, homosexual and bisexual men and their
partners, prostitutes, and women in danger of bearing children
with HIV: (2) Professional Development of Health Providers, a
region-wide health professional training program in AIDS
epidemiology, treatment, diagnosis, and preventing; (3)
Community Group Outreach, which includes in-service programs
for educators, community centers, and day-care facilities and for
leaders in community groups and business, to promote their
informed involvement in the making of public policy, (4) Mass
Media AIDS education/prevention project, with special emphasis
on developing innovation, effective, yet sensitive material for the
Hispanic community, (5) Research/Evaluation projects that will
conduct selective surveys to guide the above education efforts,
and which will coordinate epidemiologic and serologic surveys for
HIV prevelence in collaboration with health officials in south
Texas and northern Mexico.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/30/878/31/93

Funding

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health: $312,450.00

ASJC

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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