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Seminar Series: Audrey Pettifor, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina

HIV Prevention Among Young Women in SSA - the Role of Cash Transfers
When Apr 14, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

Throughout sub-Saharan Africa young women are at incredibly high risk of HIV infection. Young women face multiple risk factors which increase their risk of infection. Importantly, structural factors such as poverty and lack of education increase young women's risk. Despite the importance of structural factors, to date there has been a paucity of interventions aimed at addressing them. Cash transfers provided to young women have shown promise in reducing HIV risk. Dr. Pettifor will review evidence on structural factors for HIV risk among young women in SSA, discuss the evidence on cash transfers for HIV prevention and describe one such trial that she is PI of in South Africa exploring the effect of cash transfers conditional on school attendance with the aim of reducing HIV risk in young women. 

About the Speaker

 Audrey Pettifor

Audrey Pettifor is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center. Dr Pettifor’s research focuses on determinants of HIV/STI infection in sub-Saharan Africa with the goal of identifying modifiable risk factors and developing novel interventions to prevent new HIV infections - particularly in young women. Dr Pettifor has conducted HIV research in South Africa for over 15 years and also has worked in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Madagascar. She has a particular interest in structural interventions including the role of incentives for HIV prevention, community mobilization to change negative gender norms and interventions to promote linkages to care. Dr Pettifor received her PhD in Epidemiology and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from UC Berkeley. 

Visit Professor Pettifor's webpage

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