Several HIV prevention research studies at CORE have utilized media to promote PrEP awareness.
Keeping it LITE was a national observational cohort of ~3500 sexual and gender minority youth and adults. The study was based at the CORE Center of Cook County Health in Chicago, IL.
The Posse Project was a HIV prevention study that trained peer health educators to share HIV health education with their social networks. The study was conducted at the Stroger Hospital of Cook County Health in Chicago, IL and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.
The Enhancing PrEP in Community (EPIC) Settings study evaluated the effectiveness of PrEPmate, a new text messaging intervention to support PrEP adherence among gay, bi, and queer young men. A total of 121 young adults ages 18 to 29 participated between 2015 through 2017 at the CORE Center of Cook County Health in Chicago, IL.
In 2012, Truvada as PrEP was approved, however we knew that PrEP was still neither well known nor well understood. This educational video series was launched in 2013, in order to help explain what PrEP was, and describe how it worked to both English and Spanish speaking audiences. The videos were last updated in 2014 and 2015.
In 2011, Project PrEPare participants were merged into the international iPrEx trial which evaluated the efficacy and safety of Truvada as PrEP in adults 18 and older. The young adult male participants at the CORE Center of Cook County Health participated in the open label extension phase between 2011 through 2014.
In 2009, Project PrEPare was the first youth-specific study of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. A total of 68 youth ages 18 to 22 participated between 2009 through 2011 at the CORE Center of Cook County Health in Chicago, IL. This study demonstrated that PrEP was acceptable and feasible in young gay, bi, and queer men, and that PrEP was also of interest among transgender and non-binary youth.