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Humans of UCSF: Hindering HIV

“I initially got interested in research as I wanted to have a broader public health impact beyond the bedside, and realized that research was one way of applying that. My current research focuses on the implementation of novel biomedical HIV prevention strategies, like pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. I'm particularly interested on how we can optimally roll-out PrEP for men who have sex with men (MSM) who engage in substance use or have problematic patterns of alcohol use. These behaviors are prevalent in the MSM community and are well-known correlates of HIV risk. I'm hoping that the work that I'm doing will help inform how we deliver care, break down some of the barriers folks face, and help alleviate HIV disparities. I think I've stepped into research at a very exciting time in the field of HIV prevention so I'm excited to see where this work takes me.”

Carlo Hojilla

UCSF School of Nursing, PhD Candidate