CGSHE Speaker Series: Syndemics, social networks & HIV among transgender women in Mexico


November 16, 2022

12:00 PM Pacific time

CGSHE Speaker Series talk with Dr. Eileen Pitpitan

Dr. Pitpitan is a UBC Visiting Faculty at CGSHE and an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. She is a trained social psychologist and quantitative methodologist. She has over 10 years of experience studying psycho-social and structural factors surrounding HIV among minoritized communities. The focus of her research is on the development and evaluation of theory-driven interventions to promote equity in the HIV prevention and care continuum.

Dr. Pitpitan will share preliminary results from a recent pilot study with transgender women in Tijuana, Mexico examining syndemics (i.e., co-occurrence of multiple, negative psychosocial health conditions) and social networks. Intervention approaches targeting social networks have been shown to be effective at improving HIV prevention and care outcomes among marginalized, stigmatized, hidden populations. However, few social network interventions have been tested with trans women. The overall goal of this pilot study is to understand the roles of social networks, social support, and resilience in impacting syndemic conditions and the HIV prevention and care continuum among transgender women at risk for or living with HIV in Tijuana.


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