Dr. Stekler's research is focused in two primary areas:
Dr. Stekler is working to expand routine HIV antibody testing and access to pooled HIV nucleic acid amplification testing to diagnose acute HIV infection. She leads several studies investigating novel methods to diagnose acute and early HIV infection; comparisons of rapid HIV tests; and home, self-testing for HIV infection. Her other interests in HIV prevention include use of technology for education and research recruitment, and she is local Investigator of Record for the NEXT-PrEP Study. Dr. Stekler also works at the University of Washington Primary Infection Clinic within the clinical core of the Seattle Primary Infection Program (SeaPIP), a collaboration of local and national virologists, immunologists, and clinicians. Since 1992, the Primary Infection Clinic has enrolled and followed over 300 persons with acute and early HIV infection. Dr. Stekler's interests include interdisciplinary research to understand factors associated with HIV transmission, consequences of transmitted drug resistance, viral dynamics following HIV acquisition, and clinical outcomes of antiretroviral therapy during primary HIV infection.
Stekler JD, Baldwin HD, Louella MW, Katz DA, Golden MR. ru2hot?: A public health education campaign for men who have sex with men to increase awareness of symptoms of acute HIV infection. Sex Transm Infect. 2013; 89(5): 409-14.
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Shirreffs A, Lee DP, Henry J, Golden MR, Stekler JD. Understanding barriers to routine HIV screening: knowledge, attitudes, and practices of healthcare providers in King County, Washington. PLoS One. 2012; 7(9): e44417. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044417.
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O'Neal JD, Golden MR, Branson BM, Stekler JD. HIV nucleic acid amplification testing versus rapid testing: it is worth the wait. Testing preferences of men who have sex with men. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012; 60(4): e117-20.
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