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Kirsten Stoebenau, PhD

Assistant Research Professor, Sociology, American University; Assistant Research Professor, Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Mobile: 202-885-2482
[email protected]

Current HIV/AIDS Research Activities:

  • I am interested in the social and structural determinants of adolescent girls' and young women's disproportionate vulnerability to HIV.   I am currently the co-leader of the Working Group on Transactional Sex and HIV with the STRIVE Research Partner Consortium (DFID-funded RPC, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).  To date we have conducted literature reviews toward synthesizing the evidence on the role of transactional sex (informal sexual exchange) in young women's risk to HIV, and have worked to improve the measurement of transactional sex.  We have conducted both a systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between transactional sex and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and a review of the conceptualization of transactional sex.  We have conducted cognitive interviews across two sites in Uganda and Tanzania, respectively, toward improving measures of transactional sex for large-scale surveillance and behavioral studies.  I am the PI on a D.C. CFAR Pilot Grant that aims to develop measures to better understand the role of beliefs and norms attached to male provision in relationships.  These measures can then be used to assess the gendered social determinants of HIV risk through transactional sex for young women.  Finally, I am also interested in building a research program to understand the role of male partner influence on young women’s adherence to PrEP.