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Igor Mocorro , BSN, MPHUniversity of San Francisco DNP
Igor currently works at the San Francisco Department of Public Health in the Community Health Program from Youth and is completing his DNP at the University of San Francisco.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Preventive Health
Dissertation: In 2015, at least 22% of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. were among adolescents and young adults (AYA) between the ages of 13 and 24 (Centers for Disease Control, 2018). Lack of access and protocols to HIV-preventive pharmaceuticals such as emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (utilized as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP) reduces the opportunity to prevent HIV infection in AYA (Hosek et al., 2016). Approximately half of AYA, particularly adolescents and young men who are having sex with men (AYMSM) have poor health outcomes with low retention in care, and low viral load suppression (CDC, 2018). Acquiring HIV at a young age means lifelong management of chronic HIV infection. This has economic and psychosocial implications for every individual infected by HIV, for society, and for public health practice worldwide. The annual cost per patient for HIV care in 2010 was $23,000, a lifetime cost of $379,000, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2014). Creating an adolescent-friendly primary care environment that promotes the use of PrEP for AYA reduces barriers to effective HIV prevention. The focus of my DNP Project is on preventative health, specifically on community/public health environment targeting underserved populations. My DNP Project will be titled the ‘AY ComPrEP’ (Adolescents and Youth Comprehensive PrEP Education Program), a comprehensive HIV and STI prevention education platform for adolescents and young adults. The project will involve 1) analyzing what constitutes an effective HIV and STI prevention program acceptable to AYA in the San Francisco Bay Area, 2) developing a comprehensive educational program with emphasis on PrEP delivery and condom use, with the use of online technology for PrEP education, information dissemination, navigation, PrEP intake monitoring, support and follow-up, and 3) testing and evaluating the ‘AY ComPrEP Program’ in school-based and community-based primary care/clinics for comparison. It is aimed that the outcomes of this project will be shared to the public and can be translated across many other clinical care settings.