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Nina Harawa

Associate Professor In-Residence


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyJoint Appointment
Contact Information

David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
911 Broxton Ave
Rm 203
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Areas of Interest: 

HIV epidemiology, prevention, testing, and retention in care; Sexually transmitted diseases epidemiology and prevention; Health disparities and social determinants of health; Incarceration and health; Related health policies.



Dr. Nina Harawa, is an Associate Professor-in-Residence with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Professor with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, where she leads CDU’s HIV Cluster. She co-Directs the policy core of UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and the National Coordinating Center for the NIA-funded Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) at UCLA.

Trained in Epidemiology, Dr. Harawa’s research involves understanding trends in HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and developing effective, culturally relevant interventions for prevention, care, and treatment. She has conducted innovative research with a variety of populations – including high-risk African American men, sexually active African American and Latina women, older adults, and incarcerated and post-incarcerated men. Much of this work has involved partnering with local governmental and community organizations in order to address health issues in populations that experience major health disparities. She currently co-leads a multi-site NIDA-funded study examining the impacts of incarceration and related interventions and policies on HIV in Black men who have sex with men. She also serves as one of the Principal Investigators on a new NIDA-funded study to promote linkage to and retention in HIV care for young MSM following release from jail.

MPH., Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
PhD., Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Publications: 

Harawa NT, Holloway IW, Leibowitz A, Wiess R, Gildner J, Landovitz R, Perez MJ, Rotheram-Borus M, Shoptaw S. Serious Concerns Regarding a Meta-Analysis of PrEP Use and STI Acquisition. AIDS. 2017 Mar 13;31(5):739-740.

Lea, CH, 3rd, Gideonse TK, Harawa NT. An examination of consensual sex in a men's jail. Int J Prisoner Health,

Harawa NT, Amani B, Bowers JR, Sayles JN, Cunningham W. Understanding interactions of formerly incarcerated HIV positive men and transgender women with substance use treatment, medical, and criminal justice systems. Int J Drug Policy. 2017 Oct;48;63-71.

Beymer MR, Harawa NT, Weiss RE, Shover CL, Toynes BR, Meanley S and Bolan RK. Are partner race and intimate partner violence associated with incident and newly diagnosed HIV infection in African-American men who have sex with men? J Urban Health. 2017 Oct;94(5):666-675.

Harawa NT, Manson SM, Mangione CM, Penner LA, Norris KC, DeCarli C, Scarinci IC, Zissimopoulos J, Buchwald DS, Hinton L, Pérez-Stable EJ.  Strategies for enhancing research in aging health disparities by mentoring diverse investigators.  J Clin Transl Sci. 2017 Jun; 1(3):167-175.

del Pino HE, Harawa NT, Liao D, Moore AA, Karlamangla A.  Age and age discordance associations with condomless sex among men who have sex with men. AIDS Behav. 2017 Jan 31.

Harawa NT, Norris, KC.  The role of ethnic variation and chronic kidney disease.  Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Oct;10:1-3.

Bracken NE, Hilliard C, McCuller WJ, Harawa NT.  Facilitators of HIV medical care engagement among former prisoners.  AIDS Educ Prev. 2015 Dec;27(6):566-83.

Asare Bempong G, Ramamurthi HC, McCuller J, Williams JK, Harawa NT.  Recruiting Black men who have sex with men and women (BMSMW) in an urban setting for HIV prevention research.  J AIDS Clin Res. 2014 Dec;30;6(1).

Harawa NT, Obregon NB, McCuller WJ.  Partnerships between Black women and behaviorally bisexual men: Implications for HIV risk and prevention.  Sex Cult. 2014 Dec;18(4):870-891.

Harawa NT, Wilton L, Wang L, Mao C, Kuo I, Penniman T, Shoptaw S, Griffith S, Williams JK, Cummings V, Mayer K, Koblin B; HPTN 061.  Types of female partners reported by black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) and associations with intercourse frequency, unprotected sex and HIV and STI prevalence. AIDS Behav. 2014 Aug;18(8):1548-59.  

McCuller WJ, Harawa NT.  A condom distribution program in the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail: Sheriff deputies' attitudes and opinions.  J Correct Health Care. 2014 Jul;20(3):195-202.

Leibowitz AA, Harawa NT, Sylla M*, Hallstrom CC, Kerndt PR.  Condom distribution in jail to prevent HIV infection.  AIDS Behav. 2013 Oct;17(8):2695-702.

Paxton KC, Williams JK, Bolden S, Guzman Y*, Harawa NT.   HIV risk behaviors among African-American women with at-risk male partners.  J AIDS Clin Res. 2013 Jul 25;4(7):221.

Harawa NT, Williams JK, McCuller WJ, Ramamurthi HC, Lee M, Shapiro MF, Norris KC, Cunningham WE.  Efficacy of a culturally congruent HIV risk-reduction intervention for behaviorally bisexual black men: results of a randomized trial.  AIDS. 2013 Jul 31; 27(12):1979-88.

Harawa NT, McCuller WJ, Chavers C, Janson M.  HIV risk behaviors among Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latina female partners of men who have sex with men and women. AIDS Behav. 2013 Mar;17(3):848-55.

Bingham TA, Harawa NT, Williams JK.  Gender role conflict among African-American men who have sex with men and women: associations with mental health and sexual risk and disclosure behaviors.  Am J Public Health. 2013 Jan;103(1):127-33.

Leibowitz AA, Harawa NT, Sylla M, Hallstrom CC, Kerndt PR. Condom distribution in Jail to Prevent HIV Infection. AIDS and behavior. 2013 Oct; 17(8)2695-702. 

Duru O K, Harawa NT, Kermah D, Norris KC. Allostatic load burden and racial disparities in mortality. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2012 Jan-Feb;104(1-2):89-95. 

Harawa NT, McCuller WJ, Chavers C, Janson M. HIV risk behaviors among Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina Female partners of men who have sex with men and women. AIDS and behavior. 2013 Mar; 17(3):848-55.

Harawa T, Leng M, Kim J, Cunningham WE. Racial/ethnic and gender differences among older adults in nonmonogamous partnerships, time spent single, and human immunodeficiency virus testing. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2011 Dec;38(12):1110-7. 

Harawa NT, Sweat J, George S, Sylla M. Sex and condom use in a large jail unit for men who have sex with men (MSM) and male-to-female transgenders. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved. 2010 Aug;21(3):1071-87.  

Sylla M, Harawa NT, Grinstead RO. The first condom machine in a US jail: the challenge of harm reduction in a law and order environment. American journal of public health. 2010 Jun;100(6):982-5.

Harawa NT, Ford CL.  The foundation of modern racial categories and implications for research on black/white disparities in health. Ethn Dis. 2009 Spring;19(2):209-17.

Williams RM, Harawa NT. Learning From Successful Interventions: A Culturally Congruent HIV Risk-Reduction Intervention for African American Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women. American journal of public health. 2009 Jun;99(6):1008-12. 

Harawa NT, Bingham TA, Butler QR, Dalton KS, Cunningham WE, Behel S, MacKellar D. A Using arrest charge to screen for undiagnosed HIV infection among new arrestees: a study in Los Angeles County. Journal of correctional health care : the official journal of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. 2009 April;15(2):105-17.

Javanbakht M, Murphy R, Harawa NT, Smith LV, Hayes M, Chien M, Kerndt PR. Sexually transmitted infections and HIV prevalence among incarcerated men who have sex with men, 2000-2005. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2009 Feb;38(2 Suppl):S17-21. 

Harawa NT, Williams JK, Ramamurthi HC, Manago C, Avina S, Jones M. Sexual behavior, sexual identity, and substance abuse among low-income bisexual and non-gay-identifying African American men who have sex with men. Archives of sexual behavior. 2008 Oct;37(5):748-62

Harawa Nina, Adimora Adaora Incarceration, African Americans and HIV: advancing a research agenda. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2008 Jan; 100(1):57-62.