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HIV & Hepatitis C

Overview:

HIV and AIDS remain important challenges to community health, in large part because HIV is concentrated in specific communities, and often in communities with a history of social exclusion and stigmatization.

After decades of research, we still have no cure. If AIDS has taught us anything, however, it is that no community is an island. Health threats to any part of our world are threats to us all. At the REACH lab, we see HIV as an epidemic that reveals the ongoing role of social stratification and exclusion in the making and breaking of disease.

Recent Blog Posts for HIV and Hepatitis C

Ongoing results of studies concerning the United States War on Drugs uncover how policies have raised the incarceration rates of

While injection drug use poses a large risk for the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and HCV, people who

Substance use of all varieties has seen great demographic shifts throughout the United States in the past century. While attention

In Puerto Rico, the urgency of HIV infection is visible in shear numbers: the rate of diagnosis is the fourth

A group from the REACH Lab recently published a research paper in the 36th volume of the Puerto Rico Health Science

The REACH Lab's director of data analysis, Patrick Habecker, and principle investigator, Kirk Dombrowski, worked with other researchers to publish

Funded Projects

Our work with HIV and Hepatitis C research began with research involving agent-based simulation and modeling (“Injection Drug User Network Topologies and HIV Stabilization Dynamics” NIDA RC1 DA028476-01) and “Addressing HCV-related hepatocellular carcinoma: the current and future epidemics” PI Holly Hagan, NYU; NIDA R01 DA034637. More recently we began a field project in Puerto Rico that combines these techniques with original data collection (“Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico” NIDA R01 DA037117. In addition, for the last decade we have worked closely with Samuel Friedman, Holly Hagan, and Sheri Deren of the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research in New York City (NIDA P30 DA011041).