Dr. Toan Ha, MD, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology


2118 Public Health, 130 DeDoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: gbna.un@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-9021

Personal Statement

Dr.Ha's research focuses on HIV/AIDS, ART adherence and sexually risky behaviors among vulnerable populations including people living with HIV (PLHIV), men who have sex with men (MSM), young people and young migrants. Dr. Ha has been working on an intervention study assessing the impact of alcohol use on ART adherence among men living with HIV in India over the past 5 years with R01 funding support from NIAAA. Previously, he was working as a postdoc fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Publlic Health focusing the research on social and behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS and sexual concurrency among MSM and “Money Boys” in China.  Dr. Ha is currently PI on an R21 from NIMH that assesses HIV prevalence and multiple risk factors associated with HIV prevalence among young migrant female workers in the industrial zones in Vietnam.


Dr. Ha also works as a public health physician in the MidAtlantic AIDS Education & Training Center (MAAETC) which provides HIV/AIDS education, consultation, technical assistance and resource materials to health care professionals throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. In addition, he is part of a team working on HIV prevention and Care Project in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  


Dr. Ha also possesses extensive experience in international health and public health practice, program implementation, policy advocacy and promoting international partnership. He previously worked at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the United National Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam. He has been working in the area of sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS for the past 15 years as a researcher, program manager, and policy advocate in the U.S., India, China and Vietnam


1991-1997 | Tay Nguyen University, Vietnam | Doctor of Medicine

1999-2000 | Copenhagen University | Master of International Health

2004-2008 | The University of Texas at Houston | Doctor of Public Health         

2009-2010 | Virginia Commonwealth University |Postdoc Fellow                                                   

2015-2018 | University of Connecticut | Postdoc Fellow


IDM 2034, Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS

Selected Publications

PREPRINTToan Ha, Gualberto Ruano, Judy Lewis. Comparison of epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 patients in Vietnam.Preprint: medRxiv, 2020 https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.03.20121467v2.


PREPRINT: Toan Ha, Stephen Schensul, Judy Lewis, Stacey Brown: Early assessment of knowledge, attitudes, anxiety and behavioral adaptations of Connecticut residents to COVID-19. Preprint: medRxiv, 2020. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.18.20082073v1. 


Toan Ha, Stephen Schensul, Gualberto RuaƱo, Anh Ngo. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Vietnam: A Model of Early and Decisive Containment. Asian Journal of Research in Infectious Diseases. 2020.  4(1), 24-27.DOI: 10.9734/AJRID/2020/v4i130138


Kevin Dieckhaus, Toan Ha, Stephen Schensul, Avina Sarna. Modeling HIV transmission from sexually active alcohol-consuming men in ART programs to seronegative wives. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. 2020. 19:1-8. DOI: 10.1177/2325958220952287


Roopal J Singh, Avina Sarna, Jay Schensul, Bidhubhushan Mahapatra, Toan Ha, Steve Schensul. Stigma reduction in a cohort of HIV positive males receiving ART who consume alcohol: Findings from a Randomized Control Trial in India. AIDS. 2020. 34: 83-92. DOI:10.1097/QAD.0000000000002604


Avina Sarna, Roopal J Singh, Jay Schensul, Bidhubhushan Mahapatra, Toan Ha, Steve Schensul. Viral load outcomes in a cohort of alcohol consuming PLHIV receiving ART in Mumbai, India. International Journal of STD & AIDS. 2020. 31 (8): 765-772. DOI: 10.1177/0956462420921731


Jean Schensul, Apoorva Salvi, Toan Ha, Susan Reisine, Jianghong Li,  Yacihuilca Moni. A New Scale to Measure Worries about Oral Hygiene Self-Management. Gerodontology. 2020.DOI. 10.1111/ger.12471


Susan Reisine, Jean Schensul, Jianghong Li, James Grady, Toan Ha, Rajish  Lalla. Gingivitis and Plaque Scores among Residents of Low-Income Senior Housing. Gerodontology. 2020. 37(1).  doi: 10.1111/ger.12451


Julie A. Wagner, S. Megan Berthold, Thomas Buckley, Angela Bermudez-Millan, Toan Ha, Sengly Kong,  Mary Scully, Theanvy Kuoch Kuoch, Lorraine Fraser-King, Ien Srey Horn, Lim Keuky. Remote Peer Learning among US and Cambodian Lay Health Workers to Improve Outcomes for Cambodians with Type 2 Diabetes: A Pilot Study". International Journal of Behavior Medicine. 2020. DOI. 10.1007/s12529-020-09896-3


Toan Ha, Stephen Schensul, Mitchell Irving, Marie Brault, Jean Schensul, Priti Prabhughate and Melita Vaz. Depression among alcohol consuming, HIV positive men on ART treatment in India. AIDS Behav. 2019. 23(6):1623-1633. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2339-3.


Jean Schensul, Toan Ha, Stephen Schensul, Avina Sarna. Identifying the intersection of alcohol, adherence and sex in HIV positive men on ART treatment in India using an Adapted Timeline Followback procedure. AIDS Behav. 2017 Nov;21(Sup 2):228-242. doi:10.1007/s10461-017-1916-1.


Stephen Schensul, Toan Ha, Jean Schensul, Melita Vaz, Rajendra Singh, Joseph Burleson, Kendall Bryant. Alcohol Use and its Impact on ART Treatment in Urban India. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 2017. 78(5), 716–724


Anh D Ngo, Toan Ha, Rule J, Chinh V Dang. Peer-based Education and the Integration of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Young People in Vietnam: Evidence from a Project Evaluation. Plus One. 2013. 8(11):e80951 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080951.


H Liu, M Kenedy, H Liuu, F Hong, T Ha, Z Ninh. Meditation effect of perceived behavioral control on intended condom use: Applicability of the theory of planned behavior to money boys in China. Sexual Health, 2013, 10, 487-494.


Hongjie Liu, Jianhua Li, Toan Ha, Jian Li. Assessment of Random Recruitment Assumption in Respondent-Driven Sampling in Egocentric Network Data. Social Networking, 2012, 1, 13-21.


Toan Ha, Hongjie Liu, Jian Li, Jennifer Nield, Zhouping Lu. Psychometric assessment of scales measuring HIV public stigma, drug-use public stigma and fear of HIV infection among young adolescents and their parents. AIDS Care, 2012,1: 39-45.


Hongjie Liu, Tiejian Feng, Toan Ha, Hui Liu, Yumao Cai, Xiaoli Liu, Jian Li. Chinese culture, stigma, social support, and safer sex: Path analytic model. Stigma Research and Action, 2011, 1: 27-35.


Toan Ha, Hongjie Liu, Hui Liu, Yumao Cai, Tiejian Feng. Concurrent sexual partnership among men who has sex with men in Shenzhen, China. Sexually Transmitted Disease, 2010, 37:1-6.


Jianhua Li, Toan H Ha, Cunmin Zhang, Hongjie Liu. The Chinese government response to drug use and HIV: A review of policies and programs. Journal of Harm Reduction. 2010, 7:4. doi:10.1186/1477-7517-7-4

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