Project - Data synthesis and parameter estimation of YMSM
Men who have sex with men (MSM) experience a very high burden of new and existing HIV infections and STI. Among MSM, young men who have sex with men (YMSM) under age 25 experience the highest incidence rates of HIV infection. This project specifically focuses on the Adolescent Sexual Minority Male (ASMM) population to create estimates and models of the impact of HIV prevention interventions, particularly HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), among this population. In the first phase, literature searches and data analyses were conducted in order to publish estimates of behavioral and clinical parameters for ASMM. In the second phase, agent-based models are being adapted to understand the impact of PrEP-targeting strategies in the ASMM population. This project is conducted in partnership with scientists in the Division of Adolescent and School Health.