International Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Training in Nursing

The International Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Training in Nursing is an inter-departmental and multi-disciplinary effort, committed to research, education, and care of persons with HIV. Founded in 1991, the Center focuses on nursing care for people at risk for and infected with HIV across all health care and community settings.

In 1994, the Center was recognized as the Nursing component of the UCSF AIDS Clinical Research Center. That same year, it became affiliated with the Pacific AIDS Education Training Centers (Ryan White Care Act). The Center is related to I-TECH, International Training and Education Center for Health, is affiliated with the World Health Organization's Collaborating Centers, and is a component of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute (ARI).

The mission of the Center is to enhance optimal health and quality of care for people living with, at risk for and affected by HIV/AIDS through nursing leadership in research, clinical practice and education.


The UCSF International Nursing Network for HIV/AIDS Research (The Network)

The Network is an international group of nurse scientists dedicated to research and education for the purpose of improving HIV/AIDS nursing care around the world. To date, five multi-site international studies have been conducted by Network members on HIV/AIDS symptoms, adherence and self-care. A sixth study is in the planning stages. Results of the studies have been disseminated in a variety of peer review publications as well as presentations and posters at conferences such as the International AIDS Conferences. Please contact Emily Huang ([email protected]) for more information.

RCT of an Integrative Intervention for Non-treatment-seeking Meth Users

This randomized controlled trial is testing the efficacy of a positive affect intervention that is designed to boost and extend the effectiveness of conditional cast transfer with HIV-positive, methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men. The primary outcome is HIV viral load. Secondary outcomes include: positive affect, stimulant use, T-helper (CD4+) count, and HIV transmission risk behavior. (P.I.: Carrico)

Development and Implementation of HIV Positive Prevention Interventions in Mozambique

Adherence to HIV medication is one of the most effective approaches to preventing HIV transmission. In Mozambique, a Southern African country with a generalized HIV epidemic, training was adapted and implemented for health care providers and staff providing care to persons living with HIV. This training on Positive Prevention focused on skills building to provide prevention messages, including the importance of adhering to antiretroviral treatment. (P.I.: Dawson Rose)

Venue Intensive Vaccinations for All (VIVA) Study

The VIVA study is a multi-level, community-based participatory research project (CBPR) for improving influenza immunization rates in hard-to-reach, high-risk populations (e.g., substance abusers, immigrants, the elderly, sex workers, homeless persons) within disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City, particularly in East Harlem and the Bronx. Methodologies include the dissemination of information, presentations at meetings, and the providing of street-based and door-to-door vaccination. Results have shown an increased interest in receiving the influenza vaccine post-intervention. Such interventions hold promise for increasing vaccination rates annually and in pandemic situations. (P.I.: Vlahov)

Clinical Training

UCSF School of Nursing students interested in HIV/AIDS have three educational options:

  1. All School of Nursing students may enroll in any of the HIV/AIDS specialty courses to enhance their overall coursework.
    • N242A Introduction to HIV/AIDS: Provides an overview of the AIDS epidemic with a focus on related epidemiological concepts, public health policies, health care disparities, and psychosocial issues.
    • N242B HIV/AIDS Clinical Pharmacology: Provides an overview of HIV-specific pharmacology.
    • N242D HIV/AIDS Clinical Management: Provides an opportunity to examine and discuss evidence based care for persons with HIV/AIDS.
    • N242.01 and N242.02 HIV/AIDS Seminars: Provide an opportunity for students to enhance their clinical problem-solving abilities through case study analyses with an interdisciplinary team of HIV/AIDS experts who are caring for persons with HIV/AIDS.
    • N240.06 Research Proseminar in HIV/AIDS Prevention: Focuses on literature, theories and research related to HIV prevention, care treatment and care. (This course is for Doctoral students, or Master’s students with permission from the instructors)
  2. Masters students may pursue the HIV/AIDS Focus Program, which is supported by two training grants from the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA (D09HP03285, H4AHA26223; PD: Portillo).
    This program offers an HIV/AIDS curriculum linked to residencies with nationally and internationally recognized HIV/AIDS experts. With support from the student advisor, students enrolled in the program are provided opportunities to study and train with expert HIV/AIDS clinicians, leaders in the planning of HIV/AIDS care services, or specialists in complex HIV/AIDS case management. The requirements include all of the HIV/AIDS coursework, as well as the two clinical seminars in HIV/AIDS care settings.
    The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and the Family Nurse Practitioner MS specialty areas are the specialties designed to accommodate the requirements of the HIV/AIDS Focus.
  3. Doctoral students may apply for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care fellowship, funded by an institutional training grant from NINR (NIH T32 NR07081, 1995-2017; PD: Portillo).
    The research themes of this institutional training grant have focused upon symptom assessment, symptom management, adherence, self-care, and quality of life for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
    The training grant supports four pre-doctoral fellowships and two post-doctoral fellowships.

Collaborative Programs

Contact Information
For more information about the UCSF International Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Training in Nursing, including publications and information on projects and programs, please contact:
Carmen Portillo, RN, PhD, FAAN
Telephone: (415) 476-1630
Email: [email protected]

Contact Information

For more information about the UCSF International Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Training in Nursing, including publications and information on projects and programs, please contact:
Carmen Portillo, RN, PhD, FAAN
Telephone: (415) 476-1630
Email: [email protected]