Dr. Victoria Frye received NIMH grant

 Dr. Victoria Frye

Dr. Victoria Frye, Associate Professor

Dr. Victoria Frye, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine in the CUNY School of Medicine, has received a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant to test the impact of a community-level intervention to reduce intersectional stigmas and increase access to HIV testing and biomedical HIV prevention among African-American/Black, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with other men and transgender women living in high HIV prevalence areas of New York City. The study will build on the NIH-funded CHHANGE intervention, which attempted to reduce community-level HIV stigma and homophobia by enhancing visibility of people living with HIV/AIDS; increasing contact with sexual orientation and gender identity minority individuals; educating community members on stigmatization processes and effects; enhancing empathy and perspective-taking; challenging stereotyped beliefs; raising critical consciousness; and teaching skills to analyze and interrupt stigma & homophobia in organizations, families and individuals. The new study will engage in formative work to integrate a focus on emerging stigmas related to biomedical HIV prevention methods, PrEP and PEP, as well as the broader social context of structural racism in the United States. The study will then pilot test the adapted community-level intervention and assess effects on HIV testing, PrEP/PEP uptake, and related prevention outcomes. Dr. Frye’s lab at CSOM, the Laboratory of Urban Community Health (LUCH), will partner with community based organizations and colleagues at the CUNY School of Public Health and Columbia University to execute the three-year research study.