Dr. Kate Shannon, Associate Professor of Medicine at UBC, Director of the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and a Canada Research Chair in Global Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS was invited to give a plenary presentation on Epidemiology and Health Sciences at CAHR 2015. Dr. Shannon's work focuses on social and structural determinants, sexual health and access to care among key populations, particularly sex workers, migrant populations, and women living with HIV. She regularly consults with WHO and UNAIDS on issues of human rights, sexual health and HIV/AIDS and currently sits on the international AIDS Society Advisory for Key Populations.
Her presentation, titled 'Criminalization, Sex Work, and HIV: From Research to Action' summarized key evidence on criminalization and sex work, violence and HIV and access to care among sex workers, and experience and lessons learned in working with community and translating research to policy and practice.
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Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Tara Lyons, whose current research focuses on exploring the unique experiences of queer women and trans* persons in drug use and sex work environments, presented two different pieces of research. These presentations were titled 'It Depends on How You Represent Yourself in Public": Transgender Individuals Living With and Affected by HIV and Their Encounters With Frontline HIV Services', and 'Transgender Individuals' Experiences in Residential Addiction Treatment: Negotiating Gender and Stigma', and were co-authored with Providing Alternatives Counselling & Education Society (PACE).
GSHI Research Assistant Elena Argento presented her research on 'The Role of Interpersonal Factors in Shaping Sexual HIV Risk among Sex Workers and their Non-Paying Partners'.
Additionally, poster presentations were given by Dr. Shira Goldenberg, Julie Sou, Margaret Erickson and Nitasha Puri.
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