Susan Witte to present at ACMS Speaker Series in Mongolia

ACMS Speaker Series: Efficacy of a savings-led microfinance intervention to reduce sexual risk for HIV among women engaged in sex work: A randomized clinical trial

5:30 PM, Tuesday- May 6th, 2014, American Corner, ULAANBAATAR

Main entrance of Natsagdorj Library.

Poverty, gender inequity and partner violence are major structural risks that limit the effectiveness of HIV prevention for women. Women engaged in sex work, who must rely on sexual behavior as a means of economic support, face multiple structural barriers that prevent them from engaging prevention behaviors and contribute to a compromised ability to be concerned with the long term health consequences associated with risk-taking. Interventions that address structural risk environments of HIV are needed especially for women engaged in sex work. Drs. Witte and Riedel will present the findings from a randomized clinical trial testing the efficacy of a structural intervention combining savings-led microfinance and HIV prevention components on sexual risk reduction among women engaging in street-based sex work in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Findings advance the gender-specific HIV prevention repertoire for women, demonstrating risk reduction achieved through a structural intervention that relies on asset building and alternative income to sex work.


Susan Witte

Susan Witte has a PhD in social work from Columbia University and 25 years of practice and research experience. Witte’s research focuses on the development and testing of prevention and treatment interventions targeting the co-occurrence of HIV/AIDS risk behaviors, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence among vulnerable populations. Dr. Witte’s special interests include dissemination of relationship-based interventions, promotion of female-initiated reproductive health technology, including the female condom, and a focus on highly vulnerable and underserved populations, including street-based sex workers. Witte has been an investigator and principal investigator on several US National Institutes of Health (NIH) projects including two projects working with women engaged in sex work in Mongolia.


Marion Riedel

Marion Riedel received a Ph.D. in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1998 and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in 1985. Since earning her MSW, Dr. Riedel has worked as a social worker with adolescents, people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (PLWA), and people with problematic use of drugs and alcohol. She teaches, trains, and lectures internationally on the topic of harm reduction. Currently she works as an associate professor of professional practice at CUSSW, as a staff trainer in many local organizations using a harm reduction approach, and as clinical harm reduction supervisor in numerous community-based organizations.