Dr. Daniels will present his findings from a one-year study conducted in Mpumalanga, South Africa. This study was designed to understand the behavioral and structural factors that influence HIV care for HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). Participatory research methods and a survey were utilized to gather this data to inform the design of an intervention for a larger research study with this group living in rural South African communities. This intervention and future research will be discussed.
Speaker Biography - Joseph Daniels, PhD
Joseph Daniels, PhD
Program in Global Health, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California, Los Angeles & MCC Project, 62 de Clerq Street Ermelo, South Africa
Joseph Daniels, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in The UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Global HIV/AIDS Prevention Research. Dr. Daniels is principal investigator of the Mpumalanga Care (MC) Project that works with gay and non-gay-identified men who have sex with men (MSM) living in rural and township settings in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The MC project is a community-based intervention that is designed to understand the behavioral and structural factors that influence MSM engagement in HIV care. He is the first US investigator to conduct research with HIV-positive MSM in Mpumalanga. In addition, Dr. Daniels has worked with investigators to analyze outcomes of Shout-It-Now and Project Accept (HPTN 043) in South Africa, and he has collaborated with investigators at UCLA to understand the acceptability of HIV self-testing for African American MSM in Los Angeles. He has taught participatory research methods in the UCLA-Black AIDS Institute HIV University as a post-doc, and he was an instructor fellow in the course, Sociology of Education, and gave lectures in other courses during his graduate training. Dr. Daniels received his PhD in Education and completed a senior post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. During his graduate training and fellowship, he conducted evaluation research in Kenya to measure the effectiveness of training interventions to improve human resources for HIV research and care. Finally, Joseph had the privilege of being a judge for the 2013 Miss and Mr. Gay Gert Sibande contest in Piet Retief, South Africa.
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