World STI & HIV Congress

STRIVE work at ISSTDR Conference in September

28 August 2015
Shari Krishnaratne & Michelle Moore

Shari Krishnaratne and Dr James Hargreaves will present papers and posters in Brisbane, Australia, 13–16 September 2015.

The biennial conference of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) will be held in Brisbane this year, to coincide with the Australasian conference on HIV & AIDS (ASHM). James Hargreaves and Shari Krishnaratne will be there, presenting research from the STRIVE Working Group on Biomedical HIV Interventions.

Session: Violations of human rights in relation to STI and HIV

At this session on 14 September, Shari Krishnaratne will present on 'The gendered influence of stigma on HIV testing behaviour: Results from a population-based survey of women and men in Rwanda.' This work is being led by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW-DC) in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Stigmatisation is a multifaceted process, and distinct domains of stigma may impact HIV testing behaviour differently. The researchers conducted analyses to examine the relationship between domains and HIV testing behaviour among Rwandan men and women who participated in a population-based survey in 2011.

Multivariable logistic regression analyses were conducted using data from 4,669 Rwandan women and men aged 15 years and older to predict ‘ever tested for HIV.’ Independent variables included:

  • sociodemographics
  • knowledge of and proximity to HIV
  • two stigma domains
  • ‘drivers’ (fear of HIV infection through casual contact with people living with HIV)
  • ‘manifestations’ (anticipated and perceived stigma, shame and discriminatory attitudes)

All analyses were disaggregated by gender.

Preliminary findings suggest that drivers and manifestations of stigma influence HIV testing behaviour differently for women and men. This suggests that there is a need for tailored interventions, including stigma-reduction components, to increase HIV testing among both genders in Rwanda. Targeted interventions are also needed to increase testing among adolescents (aged 15-24) and older (50+) men and women.

Dr James Hargreaves will also present in this session on ‘Overlapping HIV and sex work stigma: experiences from 14 sites across Zimbabwe’.

Symposium: A strategy for HIV/STI prevention in low and middle income countries (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Both Krishnaratne and Hargreaves will speak at this symposium on 13 September 2015:  

  • HIV and STI Prevention: What is an Intervention?
  • Systematic reviews of the efficacy and effectiveness of biological, behavioural and structural HIV prevention interventions.

Two posters on methodology in the PopART stigma study will also be showcased.  

A programme of this upcoming conference can be seen here.