by Andrew Yousef

May 2, 2019.



As we look forward to the future, we would like to invite the public to the 25th Anniversary Expo on June 17, 2019 from 11am - 2pm at the UAB Hill Student University Center third floor Ballrooms (A and B). The address for the event is as follows:

UAB Hill Student Center
1400 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294

The event is free and boxed lunches will be available to those who attend on a first-come, first-serve basis. Come learn about the clinic while also enjoying a variety of games and other activities. You also have an opportunity to engage with our clinic researcher, Dr. Paul Goepfert, and will have the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the research being conducted at the AVRC.

To RSVP for this event, visit the event website. If you have questions about the Expo or about the AVRC, contact us via phone or email.

The Hill Student Center has various parking options, such as on-street parking in addition to a gated parking lot to the right of the facility.


Make your way onto University Boulevard If traveling from the south on I-65N, take exit 259 for University Boulevard, take a right on University Blvd, and travel four blocks to 16th Street South. If traveling from the north on I-65S, take exit 259B for 4th Avenue South, take a right on 16th Street South, travel 4 blocks to University Blvd. If traveling from Hwy 31/Hwy 280, take the University Boulevard exit and take a right on University Blvd. Travel 11 blocks to 16th Street South. Parking is available in Lot 5A, the entrance to the lot is on 16th Street South.


Parking is available in Lot 5A, adjacent to the Hill Student Center. It is $2.00 for the first hour and then each additional hour is $1.00 to a maximum of $6.00 per day, per exit. Metered parking is available on 14th Street and University Boulevard, surrounding the Hill Student Center. Meters have a maximum time limit of one and a half hours. Cost per half-hour is $.25. Handicap meters have a maximum time of two hours at the same rate.


by Savannah Coplon
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May 2, 2019.

UAB will lead research examining placebo methods for delivering drugs to help prevent HIV during anal sex.

craig University of Alabama at Birmingham  researchers will be involved in the enrollment and implementation of the NIH-funded Microbicide Network DESIRE study — Developing and Evaluating Short-acting Innovations for Rectal Use — which will systematically examine placebo methods for delivering drugs to help prevent HIV during anal sex. UAB is one of only seven sites worldwide to be involved.  

“We know that personal preferences play a key role in HIV prevention, and we want to evaluate the safety, acceptability, tolerability of and adherence to three placebo dosage forms that will help administer preventive drugs in the future,” said Craig Hoesley, M.D., principal investigator of the study, senior associate dean for Medical Education in UAB’s School of Medicine and professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases. “What we conclude from this research will make a significant impact in providing a safe, acceptable and tolerable medication that will help prevent HIV in vulnerable populations.” 

The crossover study is multi-site and randomized-sequenced at 1:1:1:1:1:1. It is a three-period, open-label study in which a placebo rectal insert, placebo rectal douche and placebo rectal suppository will be administered to participants. Each dosage form will be used for approximately four weeks, and there will be a one-week washout period between each dosage form’s application period. 

Behavioral questionnaires will be administered throughout the four-month study to obtain participant feedback about each product. Participants will include heathy, HIV-negative cisgender men, transgender men and transgender women who have sex with men. 

In addition to the United States, this study will be conducted in Malawi, Peru, South Africa and Thailand. UAB is currently enrolling patients for the study. Interested individuals may call 205-996-4405 to see if they qualify. Enrolled participants will receive up to $700.