UW News

March 1, 2007

Seminar spotlights HIV-STIs in African populations

The UW Center for AIDS Research will host a seminar on Disparities in HIV-STIs: Impacts on African-American and African-Born Populations, Thursday, March 8, from 8:45 a.m. to noon, in the South Campus Center, room 316.

At the national level, “the HIV infection rate for non-Hispanic blacks is 20 times greater than the remainder of the population,” according to Martina Morris, UW professor of sociology and statistics and lead author of a recent paper on HIV prevalence among young adults. In King County, Bob Wood, director of the HIV/AIDS Program for Public Health-Seattle/King County, identified health disparities as one of the critical issues still facing HIV/AIDS prevention. Understanding these disparities and the factors that contribute to them have important implications for public policy and effective prevention interventions.

The seminar will bring together four leading researchers in the field to discuss current knowledge about health disparities at the national level. Featured speakers are:

  • Martina Morris, UW Sociology: Disparities in HIV/STIs: An Historical Overview of Trends and Explanations
  • Adaora Adimora, University of North Carolina, Medicine and Epidemiology: Social Context, Sexual Networks, and Racial Disparities in STI Rates
  • Rucker Johnson, University of California, Berkeley: Public Policy: The War on Drugs, Incarceration, & HIV-STI
  • Beth Rivin, UW Law: Facilitated Panel-Audience Discussion

Following the speakers, there will be a hosted lunch and an afternoon working session from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Center for AIDS and STD Community Advisory Board, which includes members from the BABES Network-YMCA, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and People of Color Against AIDS Network. To register or for more information, contact Ann Kurth at akurth@u.washington.edu or Jennifer Foster at fosterjl@u.washington.edu by March 1.