Research Project: Optimizing Adherence to Combination HIV Prevention for Younger Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, and Other Men who have Sex with Men

Postdoc Year(s): 2015-2016

Dr. Lachowsky is a promising young researcher who has garnered much praise from his peers and supervisors. At only 27 years old, he is one of the youngest recipients of the Postdoctoral Fellowship. His research project will look at optimizing adherence of combination HIV prevention for men who have sex with men (MSM).

Combination HIV prevention is an HIV prevention approach developed and employed by the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS, seeking the drastically reduce rates of new HIV infections. In turn, “younger MSM are an important HIV prevention priority group, because their HIV incidence and prevalence rates are low, but increase markedly with age,” says Dr. Lachowsky.  Given the lack of research on this prevention strategy in Canada, Dr. Lachowsky aims to employ and evaluate combination HIV prevention among MSM below 30 years of age in the Metro Vancouver area.

Nathan and his supervisor Dr. Moore will develop a community-based research approach that will plan, design, deliver and trial an intervention to optimize combination HIV prevention for this specific at-risk group. 

Dr. Lachowsky received a BsC at the University of Guelph, and followed up with a PhD in epidemiology before moving to BC in 2014. He is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at the University of British Columbia and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, under the guidance of Dr. David Moore. He has received numerous scholarships and awards, and completed the CIHR’s Universities Without Walls Fellowship Program. He is also a prolific writer, having already co-written 13 published academic papers, as well as 83 abstracts.