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Pennsylvania: UPenn Gets $2 Million Grant for HIV Research

May 9, 2012

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2 million grant to University of Pennsylvania researchers to study innovative ways to prevent chronic diseases among African-American men who have HIV. The high chronic disease risk for these men has long been known, but suitable evidence-based interventions are lacking, said study leader John B. Jemmott, PhD, a professor of communication in psychiatry at the university's Perelman School of Medicine and the Kenneth B. Clark professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.

"African-American men who are infected with HIV are living longer than ever before and are now being impacted by the same chronic diseases that affect the general population of African-American men over 40," Jemmott said in a statement.

"We know that in addition to standard age-related factors, many of these chronic illnesses have behavioral components -- risk is influenced by what people do and don't do, their diet, and the amount of physical activity they get," Jemmott said. "Based on this complex intersection, we need to identify novel strategies to help these men navigate their lives in the healthiest way possible."

The chronic diseases for which these men are at risk include cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, Jemmott said.

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Adapted from:
Philadelphia Tribune

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: michael (los angeles) Thu., May. 31, 2012 at 4:16 am UTC
wow. i know i'm gonna get a lot of flack for this, but this is nothing more than a bunch of researchers running low on income. the study is so craftfully designed that it is utterly ridiculous. nothing will come out of this except having these researchers get paid for a few years.

there are already studies on this, if fact, i am quite sure that there are countless studies going on about chronic illnesses affecting hiv men and women. what makes african americans cases different.....possibly not a whole lot. but including the research to put african american increases their chances to get the grant so they can get paid.

what infuriates me is that instead of the money going to research for a cure or further improvement of hiv management, it is bypassing that by wasting resources micro analyzing an after effect of the source of the problem that there are already countless studies on that encompass the hiv community as a whole.

it sickens me that people still find new ways to make money off of this horrible disease....i guess these "researchers" needs to stay employed somehow.
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