Study aims to advance prevention of HIV/AIDS among young women in low- and middle-income countries

Two researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center (Chungling Lu, PhD, and S V Subramanian, PhD) and their colleagues assessed levels of knowledge of HIV/AIDS and associated socioeconomic disparities among young women between the ages of 15-24 using Demographic Health Surveys from 51 low- and middle-income countries completed between 2002–2018.  Their findings, published in JAMA … Continue reading “Study aims to advance prevention of HIV/AIDS among young women in low- and middle-income countries”

Despite ART rapidly scaling up, level of knowledge of HIV among general population in sub-Saharan Africa has not

Alexander Tsai, MD, PhD, is co-author of a study published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society that indicates that has been a minimal increase in HIV knowledge across 33 sub-Saharan African countries over time, despite rapid antiretroviral therapy scale-up.

HIV prevention initiatives needed targeting those 40 years & older in rural South Africa

A study published in JAIDS (Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes) by a team of HAALSI (Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa) researchers examines whether older adults in rural South Africa have unmet needs for HIV prevention.

Increase in HIV stigma linked to decreased use of skilled childbirth facilities in Uganda

Alexander Tsai, PhD, MD, a former RWJF Health & Society Scholar at Harvard, and currently a member of the Harvard Pop Center faculty, is co-author on a study published in Aids and Behavior that suggests that reducing the stigma of HIV could help to reduce maternal mortality and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Using cash transfers to reduce HIV risk in young South African women

Bell Fellows Molly Rosenberg and Xavier Gomez-Olives have contributed to a paper looking at a phase III, individually randomized trial to assess the effect of a conditional cash transfer on HIV acquisition among South African young women. The study has found that interventions like cash transfers that address structural factors such as schooling and poverty … Continue reading “Using cash transfers to reduce HIV risk in young South African women”

Deepening our understanding of how cash transfer programs can lower risk of HIV among adolescents in Africa

Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is an author on a paper published in Global Public Health that explores how cash transfer programs may work to delay sexual debut among Kenyan adolescents. The study explores three pathways in particular, including schooling, socio-economic status, and psycho-social status.

More years of secondary schooling, particularly for women, reduces HIV risk in Botswana

A study published in the Lancet Global Health authored by Harvard Pop Center faculty members Gunther Fink, PhD, and S “Subu” V Subramanian, PhD, and colleagues, suggests that secondary schooling could be a cost-effective HIV prevention measure in HIV-endemic settings. Read more in this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health press release.