CHER’s Abstracts Recognized at APHA

Following seven oral and poster presentations on CHER’s research and evaluation projects, two abstracts accepted for oral presentation were given recognition at the 2018 American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting. These were on the Peer Promotion of Wellness and Enhanced Linkage to Resources Project (PPOWER) Project, which explores the influence of peer role models and support on substance use reduction, HIV/HCV prevention, and wellness behaviors among the population group at greatest risk for becoming infected with HIV.

The abstract entitled “Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Increased Sexual-Risk Behaviors in a Sample of Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (YBMSM) in Los Angeles County, California” was included in the 2018 Newsworthy Abstract Collection. This described the associations between trauma faced by YBMSM in intimate relationships and HIV and STD infection rates in the YBMSM community.

Also of importance, the Excellence in Abstract Submission among All Presenters was awarded by the HIV/AIDS Section to the abstract entitled “Structural Social and Behavioral Facilitators and Barriers Associated with Anti-Retroviral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Usage among Marginalized YBMSM in Los Angeles County, California.” This examined factors associated with PrEP/PEP uptake among YBMSM and highlights the need for addressing HIV stigma and healthcare discrimination when working with YBMSM.

APHA’s Annual Meeting is the nation's largest assembly of public health professionals, which was held last November 10-14, 2018 in San Diego, California.