Directors’ Choice

Throughout the year, our Directors’ Committee will select recent publications led by our members that acknowledge the CFAR 30 grant and most effectively advance HIV research and Third Coast CFAR’s mission.

All publications that utilized TC CFAR core services or were funded in part or in full by the TC CFAR should include the CFAR grant number. Your paper could be selected as the Directors’ Choice if you correctly acknowledge the CFAR 30 grant number and if your paper has a PubMed Central ID (PMCID) number!

The winning publications will be showcased in our newsletter and on our website. Learn more about our Directors’ Choice selections below. PLEASE NOTE: TC CFAR members are highlighted in bold.

Selected Publication for April 2024

Read more about this paper in our feature story.

Vaidyanathan ATaylor HHope TD’Aquila RBartom E, Hultquist JPeter M. Analysis of the Contribution of 6-mer Seed Toxicity to HIV-1-Induced Cytopathicity. Journal of Virology. 2023 July 27. doi: 10.1128/jvi.00652-23. PMID: 37310263. PMC: 10373551.

Selected Publication for January 2024

McNulty M, Kerman J, Devlin S, Pyra M, Rusie L, Curoe K, Thompson L, Mason J, Friedman E, Uvin Z, Brown CH, Schneider J, Patel R. PrEP Persistence Support and Monitoring in Areas of High HIV Burden in the Midwestern United States. AIDS Education and Prevention. 2023 June. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2023.35.3.235. PMID: 37410372. PMC: 10328557.

About This Paper

Abstract: Monitoring pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) metrics can guide service delivery yet does not occur routinely. We developed a survey to understand current practices for monitoring PrEP at PrEP-providing organizations in Illinois and Missouri. The survey was distributed from September through November 2020; 26 organizations participated. Most respondents indicated ongoing efforts to screen for PrEP eligibility (66.7%), link to care (87.5%), and retain clients in care (70.8%); 70.8% reported collecting data on PrEP initiation, 41.7% on retention in care, and 37.5% on missed visits. Barriers to monitoring PrEP metrics included lack of IT support (69.6%), manual processes (69.6%), and lack of staff resources (65.2%). Most respondents offered clients support for PrEP retention and adherence and wanted to expand interventions for PrEP persistence, yet fewer monitored corresponding metrics. To enhance PrEP implementation, organizations should improve monitoring and evaluation of PrEP metrics along the entire continuum and respond with appropriate services to support clients.