Volume 4, Issue 6

Clinical Challenges of Engaging PWID and MSM in HIV Care

In this issue:

Linking high-risk populations like PWIDs (people who inject drugs) and MSM (men who have sex with men) to effective HIV care requires overcoming complex barriers unique to these groups.

In this issue, two of the directors from Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless Program, Dr. Jennifer Brody, Director of HIV Services and ANP Marguerite Beiser, Director of HCV Services, discuss the clinical aspects of addressing these challenges.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss strategies to improve linkage to care for criminal justice system-involved people who inject drugs (PWID) and men who have sex with men (MSM).
  • Identify opportunities to implement rapid-start interventions for new diagnosis HIV infections.


Marguerite Beiser, ANP-BC, AAHIVS
Marguerite Beiser, ANP-BC, AAHIVS

Program Director at HCV Services
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Boston, MA

Jennifer Brody, MD, MPH, AAHIVM
Jennifer Brody, MD, MPH, AAHIVM

Program Director at HIV Services
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Boston, MA

Program Directors:

Allison L. Agwu, MD, ScM, FAAP, FIDSA

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adult Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Alysse G. Wurcel, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Justin Alves, RN, FNP-BC, ACRN, CARN, CNE

Nurse Educator
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Length of activity:

0.5 hour Physicians
0.5 contact hour Nurses

Launch date: January 31, 2019
Expiration date: January 30, 2021