Assessing prior SARS-CoV-2 infection among the general population in Charleston, South Carolina: a community seroprevalence study

Date Added
September 1st, 2020
PRO Number
Pro00103008
Researcher
Michael Sweat

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Keywords
COVID-19, Coronavirus, Infectious Diseases, Non-interventional, SARS-CoV-2
Summary

Understanding the current epidemiology of COVID-19 is of urgent importance in light of the continued pandemic. Given current testing guidelines, the number of individuals within the Charleston, South Carolina area who have had COVID-19 is unknown. Many such individuals may have been asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Thus, the number of confirmed cases, those who are or have been symptomatic and tested for COVID-19, is most likely a significant underrepresentation of the community seroprevalence of the virus. The purpose of this study is to determine the number of prior COVID-19 infections that are present in the Charleston area among adults, and to evaluate characteristics associated with infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Michael Sweat
843-876-1082
sweatm@musc.edu

Impact of Integrated HIV/NCD Screening on HIV Testing Update and Engagement in HIV Care: an RCT in Kisarawe, Tanzania

Date Added
July 5th, 2017
PRO Number
Pro00064733
Researcher
Michael Sweat

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Keywords
Diabetes, HIV / AIDS, Hypertension/ High Blood Pressure
Summary

HIV testing is often shunned in community settings due to the stigma of HIV-centric services. Our recent pilot study strongly suggest that integration of a package of screening that include HIV, diabetes, and hypertension hold promise of substantially increasing the uptake of HIV testing while simultaneously providing direly needed community screening for non-communicable disease (NCDs) like diabetes and hypertension, which themselves are at epidemic levels in Sub-Saharan Africa. This study will examine whether integrating HIV screening with NCD screening will improve uptake of HIV testing and whether integrating HIV and NCD care will improve retention.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Michael Sweat
843-876-1082
sweatm@musc.edu



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