From social stigma to the high prevalence of concurrent chronic diseases, people living with HIV (PLWH) are faced with a multitude of challenges. Two National Institute of Health grants recently awarded to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will provide valuable data to better intervene on their behalf.
An award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to Mary Hawk, DrPH, vice chair for research, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, will explore the attitudes of health care providers when working with PLWH who use drugs. Using stakeholder engagement methods, Dr. Hawk and colleagues will assess both HIV and substance use stigma, and experiences of racial discrimination encountered by PLWH in health care settings. They will also develop and pre-test an intervention to address issues in HIV clinical care settings.
Pitt Public Health’s Mackey R. Friedman, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, has received an award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to explore how multiple and overlapping experiences of stigma contribute to chronic health issues among both HIV positive and HIV negative sexual minority men. The results will help experts understand how marginalized social position, stigma and psychosocial health contribute to diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol among these populations.