Cohort I
2015 - 2017

Andres Camacho-Gonzalez | Suzanne Grieb
Marco Hidalgo | Thespina (Nina) Yamanis


Andres Camacho-Gonzalez

Andres Camacho-González, MD
Emory University

CFAR Mentor:
Rana Chakraborty, MD
   (Emory CFAR)

Collaborating Partner:
Leo Martinez
   (Latino LinQ)

The Georgia Latino AIDS/HIV Diagnosis and Linkage in Youth (GLADLY) Project

Georgia is among the top five states with highest number of new HIV infections in the United States with adolescent and young adults from minority communities being disproportionally affected. In 2012, we developed the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Adolescent Rapid Testing Initiative (MACARTI) model to address HIV-related health disparities in African American (AA) youth between 18-24 years of age. This model has been successful at identifying, linking and retaining AA youth in HIV care.

The Georgia Latino AIDS/HIV Diagnosis and Linkage in Youth (GLADLY) Project is an adaptation of MACARTI that will specifically address disparities in HIV-infected Latino youth (LY) by providing a tailored and culturally sensitive approach to the HIV epidemic in this community. We hypothesize that the use of this model in LY will enable determination of cultural and social factors that act as barriers or facilitators for HIV testing, and also address linkage and retention in care. We will conduct focus groups with HIV-infected and uninfected LY as well as ethnographic studies in non-clinical venues to determine HIV knowledge, potential barriers and facilitators to HIV testing, and identify target venues for HIV testing in LY. In addition, we will demonstrate the feasibility of the intervention by conducting a venue based testing initiative in this community.

Following the study, we anticipate a better understanding of behaviors in LY from Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area and Georgia, allowing future implementation and expansion of an effective intervention in this population.

   NIH RePORT list of Dr. Camacho-Gonzalez' NIH grants
Not all of which have devolved from his Adelante project

   PubMed list of Dr. Camacho-Gonzalez' Adelante publications