Carolinas United to End HIV (CUE-HIV): Research Interest Group

The CUE-HIV collaborative was born out of the knowledge that HIV does not stop at state borders, especially in the era of social media and on-line dating. This cohesive approach will help identify and target cross-state networks particularly in rural areas where stigma is a driving impetus to find partners away from home in larger cities and counties.

CUE-HIV will specifically work to reduce the numbers of incident HIV infections in the Carolinas by 75 percent within five years, and by 90 percent within 10 years. This is in line with the reduction of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed through a new initiative to address the ongoing HIV public health crisis.

Mission Statement

CUE-HIV is an interstate collaborative created to address the disproportionate HIV burden in the Carolinas driven by our states’ unique intersection of stigma, poverty, and limited resource allocation. Our initiative employs a multifaceted strategy designed to promote awareness, decrease stigma, expand funding, and improve resource availability with one ultimate goal: ending the HIV epidemic in the Carolinas. We believe that our united front will prove far more impactful than the sum of our individual parts.

Partner Institutions:

  • State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • State of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia)
  • Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for AIDS Research

Awards:

2019 Ending the HIV Epidemic Supplement Awards:

  • Tonia Poteat, PhD: Transforming the Carolinas: Preparing to End the Epidemic for Transgender People of Color in the Carolinas
  • Felicia Browne, ScD: Reaching African Americans to Reduce Disparities in HIV Prevention and Treatment: The Carolina CoOp
  • Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD: An Integrated Technology-Based “Status-Neutral” Approach to Engage YMSM/YTGW in the Prevention and Care Continuum in North and South Carolina

2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic Supplement Awards:

  • Tonia Poteat, PhD: Transforming the Carolinas 2.0
  • Courtney Bonner, PhD: Implementing PrEP into Non-Title X Settings to Reduce HIV Disparities among African American Women in the Atlanta MSA

Leadership

  • State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
    • Zack Moore, State Epidemiologist and Epidemiology Section Chief, Division of Public Health
    • Evelyn M. Foust, Communicable Disease Branch Head, Division of Public Health
  • State of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    • Ali B. Mansaray, Director, Division of STD/HIV & Viral Hepatitis
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department
    • Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County Health Director
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia)
    • Sharon Weissman, Division Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston)
    • Eric Meissner, Director, HIV and Hepatitis Patient Care and Research
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Patrick A. Robinson, Research Professor, College of Health and Human Services, UNCC
  • Wake Forest University
    • Kristie Foley, Chair, Dept. of Implementation Science
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for AIDS Research
    • Prema Menezes, Associate Director, UNC CFAR

For inquiries, please contact Prema Menezes.