For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDSVu spoke with Dr. Adaora Adimora about increasing the rate of PrEP use among women and minorities impacted by HIV.
Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Epidemiology at the UNC School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Center for AIDS Research.
Q: Your career has largely focused on the epidemiology of STDs and HIV in women and minorities. What drove you towards this specific line of research?
A: For a long time, we have observed marked differences in the rate of STIs between Blacks and whites. Soon after HIV came on the scene, differences between Blacks and whites were observed with HIV as well. Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, there was an emphasis on “risk behavior” and “risk groups”. An underlying implication was that Black people in general had “higher risk” sexual behavior than whites. As a Black person with involvement in the Black community, that generalization just did not ring true to me.
Read more at: https://aidsvu.org/dr-adaora-adimora-how-hiv-impacts-women-and-minorities/