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Structural and Community Factors in HIV Prevention Program


This program fosters collaborative research strategies that emphasize structural changes at multiple intervention levels (e.g., individual, couples, family, social network, community, society (media and policy), and organizational complexity). Examples of the types of research supported by the program include: prevention studies that evaluate the determinants of initial behavioral change and reinforcements for long-term behavior change; and global collaboration in HIV/sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention research.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Develop combination behavioral/biomedical interventions to optimize HIV prevention, with an emphasis on microbicides and rapid testing.
  • Develop and test interventions to address the influence of structural factors in the spread of HIV/STDs (e.g., gender, power, economics, violence, and stigma and discrimination).
  • Develop and test interventions to address the role of community, society, and technology in the prevention of and adaptation to living with HIV/STDs among adults.
  • Evaluate culturally appropriate primary prevention programs for adults at multiple intervention levels.


Pim Brouwers, PhD
5601 Fishers Lane Rm 9E21; MSC 9831
Tel: 240-627-3863,