D r. Washington's grant was funded by the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which has made the development of HIV prevention and intervention programs tailored for BMSM a priority.
Alex believes findings from this study may offer new e-health information and support the use of social networking to enhance HIV interventions and increase HIV testing among young BMSM. Additionally, the intervention may be useful for reaching more BMSM who may not otherwise consider testing because of stigma or limited access to knowledge about HIV testing. Alex believes the use of a social networking site can be useful for engaging young black MSM in discussions about receiving HIV testing, particularly those who might be difficult to reach; especially since HIV prevention, HIV testing, and linkage to care, are crucial to reducing HIV infections in the African-American community.
“I am pleased that Social Work can be at the table to play a vital role in research to reduce health disparities and increase HIV testing among vulnerable populations.” Alex also expressed his gratitude for the guidance and support of Kevin Malotte, Director of the CSULB Center for Health Care Innovation, with whom Alex has collaborated since 2008 - when Alex first joined the CSULB School of Social Work.
Congratulations to Alex Washington for this remarkable achievement!