Charles R. Drew UniversityProfessor Cynthia Davis' webpage
Reducing the HIV/AIDS menace in disadvantaged populations: education, prevention, diagnostic, and treatment compliance
Community research, community-inspired research and community-partnered research are the defining features of the HIV/AIDS center at CDU. Trainees will be able to utilize the opportunities at CDU CARES, a center for clinical, educational and research excellence in HIV/AIDS with a central mission to eliminate disparities in care for ethnic minorities living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Supported by a 3-year grant from the California University-wide AIDS Research Program, the center builds academic-community partnerships to provide HIV treatment and research in Los Angeles County. Trainees will have diverse opportunities in research and interventions training at: a) the OASIS Clinic and Early Intervention Program, which offers Testing, Early Intervention and Outpatient Treatment services. These include confidential HIV testing with counseling, physical examinations, and medical treatment as well as individual psychosocial counseling or psychotherapy referrals. All services are offered in both English and Spanish regardless of the client’s ability to pay, age, race, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin or physical impairment, and clients are matched with staff of the same race or ethnic background whenever possible; b) the SPECTRUM Treatment Education program, which assists individuals living in Los Angeles to adhere to antiretroviral medical regimes while preparing and educating them on HIV/AIDS, advocating for them and teaching them to advocate for themselves; and c) the Mobile HIV Testing Units, which travel throughout South Central Los Angeles and other parts of the county providing free HIV antibody screening to at-risk populations. These units screen approximately 5000 individuals per year. The rates of positive tests obtained from the two vans are amongst the highest reported for HIV test sites in Los Angeles County. All these training opportunities are fully funded.