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Epidemiology Seminar: Mimiaga | “Applying a syndemics model to HIV epidemiology and to enhance prevention science among marginalized groups domestically and in resource-constrained countries”

Epidemiology Seminar: Mimiaga | “Applying a syndemics model to HIV epidemiology and to enhance prevention science among marginalized groups domestically and in resource-constrained countries”

Date 
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location 
CHS 33-105 Los Angeles , CA
California US
Featuring 
Matthew J. Mimiaga, ScD, MPH
Event Contact 

Chelsea Castleberry
Administrative Analyst
Department of Epidemiology
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
CCastleberry@ph.ucla.edu

A syndemic model emphasizes how intertwined epidemics arise from adverse conditions (e.g., economic and social marginalization, political oppression) and interact to adversely affect health outcomes (e.g., acquisition and transmission of infectious diseases) within marginalized and disenfranchised communities. Recognizing the utility of this perspective in understanding disparities in HIV epidemiology, Mimiaga’s presentation will highlight the predictive relationship between co-occurring risk factors (i.e., psychosocial and structural level problems) and incident HIV infection and sexual risk behavior among sexual and gender minorities.

Informed by a sydemics model, Mimiaga will discuss findings from his current research focused on 1) social, sexual and drug networks among male sex workers enrolled in a longitudinal cohort study to estimate the impacts of targeted PrEP uptake on HIV incidence; 2) epidemiology and treatment of methamphetamine use disorder and concurrent HIV risk among men who have sex with men (MSM); 3) from efficacy to effectiveness testing of an HIV risk reduction intervention among transgender women, which is now included in the CDC’s compendium of effective evidence-based interventions and best practices for HIV prevention; and 4) HIV epidemiology and prevention in resource-constrained settings across the globe. 

a light lunch will be provided