More than money? Cash transfers and adolescent girls in Sub-Saharan Africa

Where are we on the HIV prevention landscape for girls? This paper and poster presentation by STRIVE Research Director Charlotte Watts and Chief Executive Lori Heise for AIDS 2012 argues that there's a growing expertise but mixed evidence on how to address adolescent girls' HIV vulnerability.

Modelling the influence of structural factors


Multi-level statistical modelling has helped support the growth of a movement to address the social determinants of health. Similarly, STRIVE researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will investigate modelling approaches that better reflect how structural factors affect HIV risk.

AIDS 2012: Pushing Forward with Structural Interventions

A key event tomorrow at AIDS 2012 will discuss the parameters of structural prevention interventions, identify barriers to implementation and measurement, and discuss the future of work in this field.

STRIVE Roadmap to the 2012 International AIDS Conference

To help you get the most out of the International AIDS Conference 2012, STRIVE has identified a range of sessions related to the structural drivers of HIV. The roadmap includes relevant presentations on social barriers to HIV prevention and the structural interventions designed to overcome them.

AIDS 2012 is being held in Washington, DC from 22 to 27 July 2012.

Key event: STRIVE Launch 24 July

Sunday 22

Monday 23

STRIVE at AIDS 2012: Structural Interventions in India

STRIVE partner KHPT is showcasing a wide range of research on structural drivers at AIDS 2012 this week. The poster presentations represent an extensive body of research in an Indian context, some of it conducted with STRIVE members at LSHTM.

Structural Interventions - Kim Blankenship

What kinds of interventions to prevent HIV can be characterised as “structural”?

Where are the most promising opportunities for structural impact?

How can we assess whether there has been impact?

What are the challenges for working across disciplines and how can these be addressed or avoided?

AIDS 2012: Stigma Workshop with ICRW

A major workshop will share tools and best practices for measuring stigma and discrimination among PLHIV, the general population and in health care settings.

The workshop, organised by the Stigma Action Network with colleagues from from STRIVE partner ICRW, will focus on:

Free access to research on the structural barriers to HIV care

To celebrate AIDS 2012, the international AIDS community’s major conference in Washington, DC later this month, a special issue of AIDS & Behaviour is available to access for free until the end of July.

Predictors of linkage to care following community-based HIV counselling and testing in rural Kenya

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This paper argues that social and structural issues should form a central part of engaging newly-diagnosed individuals in HIV care and treatment. The study focuses on the social and structural predictors of linkage to HIV care in Kenya. 'Linkage to care' is the moment when a person living with HIV enrols at a clinic, ideally within 3-6 months of learning that they are HIV-positive.

Vulnerability re-assessed: The changing face of sex work in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh.

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Findings show that structural and environmental factors change the way sex work is practiced. This qualitative study on the impact of an HIV prevention programme on female sex workers' lives highlighted the additional role of structural factors such as:

  • Increased police intervention and curfews
  • 'Hidden' practices of soliciting sex including via mobile phones in the workplace
  • Clients' access to pornography through ICTs