An ethno-epidemiological investigation of social and environmental contexts of HIV vulnerability among injection drug users

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research Post Doctoral Fellowship; Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Post Doctoral Fellowship

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About the Project


Ethno-epidemiological study of HIV risk among PWID


By combining ethnographic and epidemiological methods this project seeks to develop an ethno-epidemiological model of HIV vulnerability among PWID.Ethnographic methods are used to generate empirical information regarding key transitional events and social contexts within the lives of PWID and how these shape HIV risks. These ethnographic research activities are integrated with a broad program of social epidemiology, including ongoing epidemiological cohort studies. This design permits identification of cohort participants undergoing key transitions for targeted in-depth interviews, as well as examination of hypotheses regarding the relationship between HIV vulnerabilities and particular social contexts (e.g. street-based drug markets and sex work environments)

Design & Method

Combining ethnographic and epidemiological methods to study how key transitions and social contexts shape HIV risks among PWID




Investigating HIV risk among PWID to inform future interventions and research 


Peer reviewed publications and conference presentations

Project Members
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Professor and Program Head and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
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Project Collaborators: External

Urban Health Research Institute

British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

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