AIDS is the most devastating global medical epidemic of modern times. Importantly though, HIV/AIDS is also a social epidemic. Social-structural factors – like racism, poverty, homophobia, sexism and other forms of stigma and discrimination – play a key role in producing risk for HIV; these same factors also create barriers to effective prevention for marginalized people throughout the world, including North America. In order to effectively address the disproportionately high rates of HIV among disenfranchised populations globally, research and interventions must focus on the social drivers of the epidemic.
In this knowledge hub you can find leading research that focuses on the social-structural challenges of new and emerging biomedical prevention technologies for HIV, including vaccines, topical microbicides and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). You can also gain insight into the social barriers that make access to existing HIV prevention and treatment options difficult or prohibitive in different global contexts.
Learn how research findings can help local communities, healthcare providers, policymakers and advocacy organizations guide their HIV/AIDS social and health care policies and practices in ethically and culturally appropriate ways.
Social research is needed to reverse the most deadly epidemic of our time. This knowledge hub provides ethically responsive social research that builds Towards a World without AIDS.