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Threat Assessment

MHRP’s threat assessment research informs policy development and public health practices to decrease the rates of HIV and other STIs in the military. 

Protecting Force Health and Readiness

MHRP helps develop, implement, and monitor initiatives to reduce the threat of HIV and HIV-related sexually transmitted and blood-borne pathogens to force health and the blood supply. 

MHRP investigators comprehensively characterize all new HIV infections in the Army and routinely provide scientific consultation for HIV investigations. The health information generated helps inform prevention efforts and affect policy change. 

Developing Evidence-based Preventive Interventions

MHRP conducts studies that generate knowledge products to inform the development, delivery, and assessment of evidence-based preventive interventions to help public health leaders:

  • Assess and ensure safety of battlefield blood supply
  • Identify gaps in service delivery
  • Address barriers that limit access to care
  • Provide services and education that promotes responsible sexual behavior
  • Inform force policy and develop and implement strategies

In 2014, MHRP identified the primary HIV infection attribution category in the Army for the first time since repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which defines a very specific population most at risk for HIV that can now be provided with targeted preventive intervention activities.

 

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