Dr. Perry Halkitis Leads New HIV Study
The number of new HIV infections in the United States had remained steady in recent years, but rates among urban millennial gay, bisexual, and other young men who have sex with men (YMSM) have steadily increased in the past decade.
New York University researchers, led by Perry Halkitis, a professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Global Institute of Public Health, and NYU Langone Medical Center, will study this population in order to better understand the reasons for this increase under a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institute of Health.
The research is a continuation of a study of young men that began in 2009 under the name Project 18 (P18).
"The goal of this project is to understand why a new generation of YMSM place themselves at risk for HIV transmission," explained Halkitis, who is also associate dean for academic affairs at NYU’s Global Institute of Public Health. "We aim to understand why some men exhibit risky behaviors as they emerge into adulthood while others do not."
The project’s other researchers include three faculty members in NYU Steinhardt’s Public Health program -- Farzana Kapadia, the primary co-investigator, Danielle Ompad, and Rafael Perez Figueroa -- as well as Richard Greene, an assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center.
YMSM include not only gay men, but also those who are bisexual and heterosexual men, but who have had sex with other men, but do not identify as gay or bisexual.