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"A Platform to Untangle Effects of Substance Use on HIV"

"A Platform to Untangle Effects of Substance Use on HIV"

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Pamina M. Gorbach
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Join us for our monthly Continuing the Conversation webinar, featuring UCLA Fielding School of Public Health faculty discussing the most critical issues in public health. The topic for March is:

A Platform to Untangle Effects of Substance Use on HIV: MMSM and Substances Cohort at UCLA Linking Infections, Noting Effects (MASCULINE)
Wednesday, March 11, Noon - 1:00pm PDT
Pamina M. Gorbach, MHS, DrPH
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Fielding School of Public Health
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
David Geffen School of Medicine

Substance use has long been recognized as playing a pivotal role in the global HIV epidemic, both by serving to heighten risk for acquiring infection and to drive transmission through and across networks. In this webinar, Dr. Pamina Gorbach will review the known roles of substance use in our local HIV epidemic in Los Angeles, and point to the areas where mechanisms of enhanced transmission are still not fully understood. To address the large gaps in understanding of how substance use interacts with biological, behavioral and social forces, the National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded Dr. Gorbach and her team $7 million in the Fall of 2013 to establish a research program entitled MASCULINE (MSM and Substances Cohort at UCLA Linking Infections Noting Effects). The purpose of the program is to develop the first cohort of minority men who have sex with men (MMSM), to understand the direct interactions between non-injecting substances of abuse, infectious disease acquisition, and HIV progression. 

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