Montefiore Einstein physician-researchers have received a five-year, $4.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will go toward comparing two strategies for improving pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication access and use in the Bronx, continuing Montefiore Einstein’s decades-long leadership in HIV/AIDS research and treatment.
Bronx County has the country’s fifth-highest rate of HIV diagnosis—but the lowest rate in New York State for the use of HIV PrEP medications that are extremely effective in preventing HIV infection. Rates of new infections among Black/African American people are more than eight times as high—and among Hispanic/Latino people nearly four times as high—as those of White people, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. People in urban areas with high poverty rates are 10 times more likely to be living with HIV than those from more affluent areas.