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Mon 10/21/2019 1:00PM - 2:00PM
IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by: Subramanian Thothathri & Jason Yeung IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by: Subramanian Thothathri & Jason Yeung
Mon 10/21/2019 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Tue 10/22/2019 5:00PM - 8:30PM
MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Conference
Erie HIV Update: Reducing Stigma and Improving Sexual Health MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center Conference
Erie HIV Update: Reducing Stigma and Improving Sexual Health
Tue 10/22/2019 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces

This evening dinner update, in collaboration with the Erie Department of Health and Erie HIV Task Force, will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center.  The presenters will discuss Sexual Health History Taking and Sexual Health and Stigma, followed by a panel of local providers.


Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces
Wed 10/23/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA
Wed 10/23/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health


A719 Public Health
Wed 10/23/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM MPH Journal Club
Practicum Panel: 1st & 2nd Years IDM MPH Journal Club
Practicum Panel: 1st & 2nd Years
Wed 10/23/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A216 Public Health


A216 Public Health
Mon 10/28/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Byron Chuan & Zachary Koenig IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Byron Chuan & Zachary Koenig
Mon 10/28/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Wed 10/30/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA
Wed 10/30/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health


A719 Public Health
Wed 10/30/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Metagenomic analysis of viruses in toilet waste from long distance flights --.... IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Metagenomic analysis of viruses in toilet waste from long distance flights --....
Wed 10/30/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health


A425 Public Health
Mon 11/4/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by Mari Webel, PhD IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by Mari Webel, PhD
Mon 11/4/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Wed 11/6/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA
Wed 11/6/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health


A719 Public Health
Wed 11/6/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Effect of Microglial Inflammation in Prion Disease IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Effect of Microglial Inflammation in Prion Disease
Wed 11/6/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health


A425 Public Health
Mon 11/11/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Emily Olsen & Karsen Shoger IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Emily Olsen & Karsen Shoger
Mon 11/11/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Wed 11/13/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA
Wed 11/13/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health


A719 Public Health
Mon 11/18/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Victoria Gould & Katrina Stephenson IDM Seminar Series
Presentations by: Victoria Gould & Katrina Stephenson
Mon 11/18/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Wed 11/20/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA
Wed 11/20/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health


A719 Public Health
Wed 11/20/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Pulmonary involvement during the Ebola Virus Disease IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Pulmonary involvement during the Ebola Virus Disease
Wed 11/20/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health


A425 Public Health
Wed 11/20/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - TBA IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - TBA
Wed 11/20/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health


A425 Public Health
Mon 12/2/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by: Gwen Kettenburg IDM Seminar Series
Presentation by: Gwen Kettenburg
Mon 12/2/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Wed 12/4/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Article - TBA
Wed 12/4/2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health


A719 Public Health

Recent Events

IDM Master's Defense

JT Stoner - Investigating the Impact of Human Rights Violations on Access to HIV Prevention...

Wednesday 12/6 12:00PM - 12:30PM
A425 Public Health

Investigating the Impact of Human Rights Violations on Access to HIV Prevention & Treatment Services For Men Who Have Sex With Men in Africa

Background: Currently, there are 76 countries worldwide with laws criminalizing homosexuality, and nearly half of these countries are located in Africa. These laws are of particular public health significance because they incite stigma, discrimination, overt acts of violence, and a variety of other human rights violations towards MSM. The purpose of this review is to contextualize the extent to which criminalization of homosexuality and human rights violations impact access to HIV-related healthcare and risk for HIV infection among MSM in African countries and to compare these findings within and between the various regions of Africa. 

Methods: One hundred twenty-two relevant research articles and reviews were identified through PubMed using four major concepts: 1) African Countries & Regions, 2) Sexual Identity & Same-Sex Practices (specifically gay, bisexual, and other MSM), 3) HIV prevalence and behavioral risks, and 4) Human Rights Violations and Laws Criminalizing Homosexuality.

Results: Reports of human rights violations experienced by MSM due to sexuality and same-sex practices in North, West, East, and Southern Africa vary by country, region, and occasionally presence and absence of laws criminalizing homosexuality. Collectively, this literature reveals a trend towards MSM experiencing human rights violations and being unable or afraid to access HIV prevention and treatment services, which likely accounts for low general HIV knowledge and perceptions of risk and numerous behavioral risks exhibited by MSM in every region of Africa. Laws criminalizing homosexuality also hinder health professionals and LGBT-serving organizations from providing HIV-related services to MSM. Most importantly, this literature reveals a growing body of evidence to suggest a strong correlation between HIV infection and MSM experiencing a variety of human rights violations.

Conclusions: Laws criminalizing homosexuality in Africa promote stigma, discrimination, overt acts of violence, and other human rights violations, which ultimately deter MSM from accessing HIV prevention and treatment services and put them at greater risk for HIV infection. However, decriminalizing homosexuality is not enough to increase access to HIV-related healthcare. A combination of social and legal reforms in addition to scale-up of MSM-specific biobehavioral interventions are needed to effectively change the course of HIV epidemics disproportionately burdening MSM in Africa.

Last Updated On Tuesday, December 05, 2017 by Abby Kincaid
Created On Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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