DoItRIght was launched by Dr. Philip A. Chan in 2015. The program’s mission is to address public health issues related to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and Hepatitis C in the community through public health programming and clinical and behavioral research.
Our research focuses on HIV and STI prevention including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), innovations in HIV/STI testing, health literacy and public health communication, high risk substance use, and many others. With our staff of providers, scientists, research assistants, and administrative support, we work to connect our community with research and policy change. A driving force behind our work is improving the health and wellness of the community.
In behavioral research, we examine and measure individual and social behavior. This kind of research can help predict, prevent, and manage illness in individuals and in whole populations. Goals include helping people change their health behavior and better understand treatments, and learning how to assist people in keeping up with those behaviors and treatment plans.
Sexual Health Research
The goal of sexual health research is to improve the reproductive health of both individuals and populations. Sexual health research helps answer questions about the kinds of sexual behaviors that put people at risk for diseases and what people can do have safer and healthier sex.
STI and HIV Testing
It is important for sexually active individuals to be regularly tested for STIs in order to keep themselves and their partners healthy. Diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are very treatable, but can cause health problems and be spread to other people if left untreated.
PrEP is a pill you take once a day that is effective in preventing HIV infection. If you are sexually active with multiple partners, you should learn more about PrEP to see if it is right for you.