Research presented at two key HIV conferences

July 24, 2019

The SIG and GHRCCA teams presented research at two important HIV conferences this month.

Above, Dr. Alissa Davis with Dr. Barbara Van Der Pol, president of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. Dr. Davis is holding "syphilis" and Dr. Van Der Pol is holding "gonorrhea."  

Dr. Alissa Davis presented research at the STI & HIV World Congress that she conducted with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Infections entitled "Prevalence of Bacterial vaginosis among Women Attending sexual health clinics in New York City, 2017-2018."

Of her research, Dr. Davis reports,

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Bacterial vaginosis is a highly prevalent infection among women that disproportionately impacts minority women and results in severe adverse health outcomes, including pre-term birth and increased risk of HIV infection. Unfortunately, the etiology of this infection remains unclear, treatment effectiveness is limited, and recurrence rates are high. Additional research is needed on this topic in order to promote greater health equity and improve the sexual and reproductive health of all women.

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Researchers also presented at the 10th Annual IAS Conference in Mexico City.

In addition to research presented by Dr. Brooke West at IAS, Dr. Assel Terlikbayeva, the Regional Director of the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia, presented a session at IAS entitled "Sexual Violence and Overdose Among Women at Risk for HIV in Kazakhstan."

Dr. Assel Terlikbayeva presents at IAS