CAIR researcher receives NIH grant to study HIV vulnerability of young African American men

Aug. 9, 2017 MCW News - Katherine G. Quinn, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine in the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), has received a four-year, $527,000 K01 Career Development Research Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for her project, “The Effects of Intersecting Stigmas on PrEP Outcomes for Young Black MSM.”    

African American men who have sex with men (MSM) are more likely to contract HIV infection than any other group in the United States. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a protective antiretroviral therapy regimen that can greatly reduce the likelihood that uninfected persons at high-risk for HIV infection will contract the disease. However, PrEP usage is low among racial minority men.

Dr. Quinn’s research will examine how stigma associated with homonegativity, racism, HIV, medical mistrust, and other social and cultural factors affect the lives of young African American MSM, may contribute to low PrEP uptake, and need to be addressed in the HIV prevention public health fields. Her project also will seek to identify how factors such as resilience and social support may serve to buffer the negative effect of intersecting stigmas.

Dr. Quinn received her PhD in 2015 in public and community health at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and she has been on the MCW faculty since the award of her doctorate.

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