ACRIA's Spring 2002 edition of HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials: A Directory for New York State is now available for people living with HIV and their care providers. In addition to providing the most comprehensive listing available of enrolling HIV trials within the New York metropolitan area, the directory offers valuable information on the clinical trials process and patient assistance programs. Unfortunately, ACRIA's AIDS Institute funding for this project only allows us to print 5,000 copies of the directory, almost all of which had been distributed by the end of May. However, copies should be available to the public at medical facilities and other agencies offering care to people with HIV throughout New York State. The publication can also be read in its entirety in PDF format on ACRIA's web site and through a searchable online database at www.acria.org.
The Research Policy Advisory Committee for New York State (ResPAC) held its second group meeting on April 4th at amfAR's offices -- this time to discuss research priorities for HIV behavioral issues. Chief among the discussion was identifying studies that could bring about better prevention strategies for a variety of at-risk populations. Findings from this meeting, as well as those from the previous meeting on epidemiology research, will be available to the public on ACRIA's web site later this year. ACRIA wants to particularly thank Beatrice Krauss, Executive Director of Hunter College's Center on AIDS, Drugs and Community Health, for her leadership on this project as chair of the behavioral research group.
ACRIA recently began an HIV treatment education technical assistance initiative in the Detroit area. Twenty-six non-medical service providers and community members, representing fourteen Michigan organizations, participated in a multi-day training conducted by ACRIA staff in January. We have continued to provide follow-up support to participants since, including a follow-up training in May, to help members of the Detroit community develop lasting HIV treatment education programs and incorporate community-based treatment education into the provision of social services.
Southeastern Michigan is one of four regions outside of New York State to participate in ACRIA's national technical assistance program to date. We offer comprehensive, on-site training to help participants develop and expand the practical skills and treatment knowledge needed to educate and counsel people living with HIV. ACRIA has made a sustained commitment to each community to ensure that program participants receive ongoing support to become and remain effective HIV treatment educators. Thanks to a major grant from Ortho Biotech, ACRIA will be able to offer this service in two additional areas of the country during the next year.
This article was provided by AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. It is a part of the publication ACRIA Update. Visit ACRIA's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.