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Dr. Arrington-Sanders’ research focuses on HIV prevention community-based efforts and linking HIV infected adolescents to care. She is interested in better understanding how partner selection intersects with care seeking behavior and the role of the African American church in targeting individual, partner, and environmental factors associated with HIV transmission and acquisition among poor urban youth and adults. She currently is working with the Baltimore City Health Department and the CDC to evaluate strategies for identifying at-risk African American (AA) men who have sex with men who are unaware of their HIV status. She recently served as representative for the Maryland AAP on the Maryland General Assembly’s HB781/SB746 Work Group to review the CDC’s revised recommendations for HIV testing and make recommendations on possible changes to current Maryland law for HIV counseling and testing process. She is the principal investigator of the HIV quality improvement project and co-investigator to many projects addressing HIV testing behavior in risky adolescent groups.
Research focuses on improving the sexual health of African American adolescent men who have sex with men. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a K23 Career Development Award from NICHD to examine reasons for and satisfaction with first and subsequent penetrative same-sex sexual experiences (PSSE) and to examine the role of first PSSE on second and subsequent PSSEs in African American men and how social context impacts sexual satisfaction with first PSSE; how sexual satisfaction during first PSSE impacts time to second partner and satisfaction with second PSSE; and engagement in young adult sexual health protective behaviors during most recent sex. She has served as consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as representative for Maryland Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics to the Maryland General Assembly to make recommendations regarding HIV testing laws in Maryland, and has worked with the Baltimore City Health Department to improve HIV testing strategies in African American men who have sex with men (MSM).
Renata Arrington-Sanders, Jonathan Ellen, Roland J Thorpe and Lori Leonard
Research Article: J AIDS Clin Res 2014, 5: 336