CBE/ENGR 225 Seminar Presents: Susan Cassels, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geography, UCSB

Tues., May 9, 2017 @ 2pm in ESB #2001

Susan Cassels, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography

University of California, Santa Barbara

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

4:00 pm

ESB, Room #2001

*Cookies and Coffee will be provided*

Identifying Effective Strategies for HIV Self-Testing

Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

HIV self-testing kits are now available over the counter, and some health departments have already started implementing programs to increase their use. However, the potential impact of these tests on the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) is unknown. Using data from two different epidemiologic settings in the U.S., Seattle and Atlanta, we use stochastic network-based HIV transmission models to estimate how different strategies of HIV self-testing at the individual and partnership levels affects HIV incidence. Our models help identify the most effective strategies for promotion, including targeting sub-populations and combining self-testing with continued clinic-based testing.