What We Do

What we do

The ATN’s mission is to improve the quality of life and health of adolescents and young adults across the HIV prevention and care continuum through transformative research, education, and advocacy. We conduct different kinds of research studies related to HIV prevention and HIV care for young people between 13 and 24 years old.

ATN research aims to increase awareness of HIV status among youth and improve the health and wellbeing of young people living with HIV. We work with community organizations, health authorities, and the government to prioritize populations and geographic areas most impacted by HIV. We focus on populations who face greater barriers to health access and equity because of systemic barriers including geographic location, racism, stigma, and a lack of cultural sensitivity among healthcare providers. Our populations of focus include sexual and gender minority youth and young people of color.

ATN Focus Areas

The ATN research studies will focus on five high priority topic areas that aim to address substantial and disproportionate gaps in health outcomes across the HIV prevention and care continuum for youth:

  • Undiagnosed HIV infection
  • Persistent new HIV infections
  • Poor HIV care engagement
  • Poor anti-retroviral treatment (ART) adherence and viral suppression
  • Adverse HIV health outcomes from COVID-19