Francisco Cartujano, M.D.
Cancer Disparities Center, John Theurer Cancer Center
Updated: February 5, 2020
Francisco Cartujano, M.D., instructor of the Cancer Disparities Center, has been awarded a grant by The Prevent Cancer Foundation to develop Decídetext(+) – a smoking cessation text messaging intervention for Latinos.
The Cancer Disparities Center, part of John Theurer Cancer Center, has culturally- and linguistically-adapted Decídetext. Decídetext incorporates a tablet-based software that collects personal smoking-related information to support the development of an individualized quit plan, a 24-week text messaging “counseling” program and pharmacotherapy (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) support.
Decídetext has not been formally tested among Latinos living with HIV. As people living with HIV are less successful in quitting smoking than HIV-uninfected individuals, the intervention needs adjustments to provide more intense and tailored support to Latinos living with HIV.
Dr. Cartujano will determine the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary abstinence rate of Decídetext(+) among Latino smokers living with HIV.