HIV Clinical Research Unit
Operated by the USF Health Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine
Florida Department of Health -Hillsborough County
Research that makes a difference.
Congratulations to USF Health HIV Clinical Research Unit sub-investigator, Crystal Chapman-Lambert MS, FNP-BC, ACRN, AAHIVS, on her recent graduation from the University of South Florida's College of Nursing BS-PhD program!
Crystal's many successes throughout her educational journey did not go unnoticed, as she was selected to speak at USF's May 4th, 2013 Commencement Ceremony addressing more than 730 graduates and other attendees.
In 2011, Crystal received the Sigma Theta Tau International/Virginia Henderson Clinical Research Grant to conduct research on HIV-infected women's knowledge, perceived susceptibility and seriousness of cervical cancer. Since joining USF Health's HIV Clinical Research Unit in 2012, she has served as a sub-investigator on 13 different studies.
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April is STD Awareness Month, and USF Health's HIV Clinical Research Unit at the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County is taking part in raising awareness. On April 29th, we're hosting our 2nd annual STD Awareness Day event, which offers FREE STD and HIV testing for anyone ages 12 and up (see flyer below).
Currently in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates:
Prevalence: > 110 million STDs
Incidence: 20 million new STDs each year (half among ages 15-24)
Health care costs: $16 billion/year
Early detection and treatment are key to minimizing the impact STDs can have on your health, so come out on April 29th and get tested!
For more information on STDs and testing centers, visit: www.cdc.gov/std
KNOW YOUR STATUS! The Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County hosted its 7th annual World AIDS Day event on Friday, December 2, 2011. The event offered the community FREE HIV and STD testing. Information on current research at the HIV Clinical Research Unit, educational sessions and resource materials community partners were available.
USF HIV Clinical Research Unit Staff spent the day educating attendees on
current HIV research and answering questions. Left to right: Research
Coordinator Courtney Henderson,Assistant Director of Clinical Research
Mable Chow, and Research Coordinator Shiela Ruck.
Hundreds of attendees enjoyed the guest speakers and educational information. Dr. Charurut Somboonwit, Associate Professor for the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine and Director of Communicable Diseases at the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County, discussed HIV/AIDS statistics at the event. Second year Infectious Disease Fellow Joseph Katta, DO gave several talks on HIV/AIDS. First year Infectious Disease Fellow Christine Ayarza, MD provided the HIV/AIDS presentations in Spanish. A total of 212 people were screened for HIV & STDs.
Dr. Joe Katta, a second year ID fellow,
presents HIV/AIDS information at the
World AIDS Day event on
Dec. 2, 2011.
World AIDS Day Event
REACH Out Tampa Bay. Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.
Research, Education, Awareness, Care, Hope.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Free HIV testing. Our annual event to educate the community about HIV/AIDS, the importance of the clinical research being conducted at the USF HIV Clinical Research Unit and the care being provided at the Specialty Care Center.
|The USF-Health Department Partnership: A Benchmark
Tampa - August 4, 2008
It was a gray morning when officials from the Duval County Health Department recently arrived for a day at the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County. Inside the building, the atmosphere was bright and full of energy as representatives of the two health departments began discussing innovative ideas. Sharing knowledge about designing and refining programs, infrastructure, technology, and research in order to create the most effective public health care for Florida’s residents was the call of the day. Read more...
Dr. Jose Montero, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, and Dr. Marela Velez, a division fellow, are two of 14 USF infectious disease physicians who treat patients at USF's HIV Specialty Care Center.
|Community Outreach at Pride 2008
St. Petersburg - On June 28th, 2008, twelve volunteers joined forces at a booth at theSt. Pete Pride Street Festival, where an estimated 70,000 gathered in acelebration of the gay and lesbian community....
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Faculty and staff of the HIV Clinical Research Unit, USF Division of Infectious Disease, and the Specialty Care Center volunteer at the St.Pete Pride Festival