Our Research

Gulu Sexual Health Project

Since 2009, a team of Canadian and Ugandan researchers, and community partners, including The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), has conducted exploratory research on lived experiences relating to violence, sexual and reproductive health, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and access to care among women living with HIV, youth, and adult sex workers in post-conflict Gulu District of northern Uganda. This work is closely aligned with and supported in part through the Gender, Violence and HIV team.

To date, the Gulu Sexual Health Project has included three studies: 1) a qualitative exploration of the political, economic, cultural, and social transitions within the post-conflict environment and systemic violence experiences shaping HAART, HIV care, and disclosure among women living with HIV; 2) a mixed methods study of the HIV risk environment of youth and adult sex workers in bars, truck stops, lodges, and former internally displaced persons camps across Gulu District; and 3) a pilot venue-based, peer outreach and voluntary HIV testing intervention with TASO.

This research continues to be disseminated through community, policy, and academic venues with the aim of informing gender-focused HIV prevention, treatment, and care for youth and women living with and at risk of HIV in post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa settings.