In collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council, UNC CFAR and RTI International have continued their work with the Cape Town Young Women’s Health CoOp (YWHC). This YWHC is a gender-focused intervention aimed at out-of-school young women living in one of the global epicenters of HIV infection. Principal Investigator Wendee Wechsberg’s team recently completed study recruitment of 500 young women for 24 study areas. Additionally, as they continue to provide 6- and 12-month follow-ups to their previously completed intervention workshops, project staff anticipate ending field operations in late 2019. Both of these workshops showed high rates of completion, with 95% and 92% participation.
Closer to home, the North Carolina Young Women’s CoOp continues to recruit African American women 18 to 25 years old for their study, Young Women-Focused HIV Prevention: Seek & Test in North Carolina Clinics. Enrollment will continue until July 2019. MPIs Wendee Wechsberg and Felicia Browne are working in collaboration with the Durham County Department of Public Health, Wake County Human Services, and Guilford County Department of Public Health.