Providing HIV prevention and care for male couples

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Rob Stephenson

Monday, 10/19/2015.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 6050 ISR Thompson St

HIV prevention has long focused on providing intervention efforts to men who have sex with men as individuals. However, between one and two thirds of new infections are known to occur within primary partnerships. In this presentation I examine the factors that shape risk of HIV among male dyads and outline two innovative interventions aimed at providing HIV prevention and care for male couples in the U.S. The presentation examines how social forces - such as stigma and homophobia - shape the risk of HIV for male couples in the U.S. and makes recommendations for future prevention efforts.


Dr. Stephenson's work focuses on sexual and reproductive health, with a specific focus on the development and testing of HIV prevention interventions for sexuality minority population. His work focuses on the intersection between sexuality and sexual health, examining how social stressors and inequalities for sexual minority groups create increased risks for poor sexual health. Dr. Stephenson is particularly interested in the development of new prevention efforts to increase HIV and HIV care adherence, interventions aimed at same-sex couples, and interventions that tackle the intersection of violence and HIV risk. He also works on maternal health issues in resource poor countries, examining how climates of gender inequity put women at risk of poor maternal health outcomes. (From School of Nursing profile)

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