Op-ed introduces conceptual framework to better understand how “intersectional stigma” affects HIV prevention and care outcomes among sexual minority men in sub-Saharan Africa

Graphic of conceptual framework of intersectional stigma

Yerby Fellow Adedotun Ogunbajo, PhD, HCPDS faculty members Kenneth H. Mayer, MD, and Alexander C. Tsai, MD, PhD, and their colleague Phyllis J. Kanki, ScD, have published an editorial in the American Journal of Public Health that puts forth a framework  that illustrates and dissects the “interconnected systems of stigma” that are likely serving as impediments to receiving quality HIV health services for sexual minority men (SSM) in sub-Saharan Africa.…

Cohort study compares new symptoms months after testing either positive or negative for SARS-CoV-2


New symptoms can occur following a novel coronavirus infection, but are they occuring more than among those who tested negative for infection? This cohort study analyzed the electronic health records of hundreds of thousands of people (under age 20 and over age 20; nonhospitalized, hospitalized, and hospitalized and ventillated) who had a medical encounter between March–December, 2020; the researchers looked for new symptoms that were present 31–150 days after testing…

Dr. Kenneth Mayer named as History Maker

Head shot of Dr. Kenneth Mayer

Harvard Pop Center faculty affiliate Kenneth Mayer, MD, is the recipient of the The History Project’s 2020 HistoryMaker Award. Since 2009, the awards have gone to “those whose lifetime achievements have had a significant and positive effect on Boston and Massachusetts’ LGBTQ communities.” Dr. Mayer will be “celebrated” online on October 15th at 7pm. 

Adolescents identifying as sexual minority found to be 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual peers

Group of teens at gay pride parade

Three researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center* are among the authors of a study in Pediatrics that looked at changes in US adolescent reported sexual orientation and suicide attempts by sexual orientation from 2009–2017. Authors on the study include: Julia Raifman, Brittany M. Charlton, Renata Arrington-Sanders, Philip A. Chan, Jack Rusley, Kenneth H. Mayer, Michael D. Stein, S. Bryn Austin and Margaret McConnell*. Photo: Seven Seas of Rhye on…

Leveraging digital adherence technologies (DATs) to help manage treatment of leading infectious cause of death globally

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Professor Kenneth Mayer, MD, is an author on an analysis published in BMJ Global Health that: provides an historical context for the use of DATs  (e.g., phone-based and smartphone-based technologies, digital pillboxes and ingestible sensors) to help manage the treatment of tuberculosis (TB); describes the variety of DATs currently being used and their potential functionality as a powerful tool to help manage TB therapy; and…

Immediate eligibility of ART lowers household-level incidence of HIV by over 40%

A study finds that early eligibility of antiretroviral therapy substantially lowered HIV incidence among HIV-uninfected household members in rural South Africa. The team of researchers who published the findings includes Harvard Pop Center faculty members Drs. Kenneth Mayer and Till Bärnighausen, as well as visiting scientist Guy Harling.