Hannah L. Cooper
For over 30 years almost all studies of the determinants of HIV/AIDS infection, and most studies of HIV/AIDS progression and outcomes, have focused on one key population (e.g., injectors, men who have sex with men, or heterosexuals) in isolation from other key populations. Our and others' research, however, suggests that HIV/AIDS epidemics and programs in these different key populations may affect one another, which means that the prevailing siloed approach is likely to have missed (a) fundamental dynamics of HIV/AIDS epidemics, and (b) vital opportunities to prevent new infections by intervening in cross-key- population dynamics. The proposed study will help foster and guide a new research paradigm about how HIV/AIDS epidemics and programs affect one another across key populations that will (a) identify previously unknown but fundamental dynamics of these epidemics, and (b) open up new arenas for the development of programs and policies that prevent HIV transmission across key populations.
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