Dr. Derrick Matthews is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research explores how social determinants of health facilitate the large disparities in HIV prevention and treatment experienced by Black men who have sex with men (MSM). His focus is on engaging Black MSM communities in all stages of the research process, from descriptive epidemiology to intervention development.
His research agenda also explores the numerous health inequities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations. His work in this area currently focuses on ways to thoughtfully operationalize intersectional discrimination and its effects on health in quantitative research.
Friday, Oct 4,
12 noon, Psychology 105
"Black men who have sex with men and the HIV epidemic: Missed opportunities in the age of biomedical prevention"
Abstract: We have more tools than ever to effectively fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Yet in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that approximately 1 in 2 Black men who have sex with men will become HIV-positive in their lifetime. How then, do we reconcile the fact that the group with the highest risk of HIV infection and poorest health outcomes from HIV-related illness are the ones least able to access the full benefits of HIV research? Pre-exposure prophylaxis and Treatment as Prevention are highly efficacious biomedical prevention strategies, yet their utility in making a population impact on health cannot be realized until underlying structural determinants are addressed. This presentation will focus on my research which aims to incorporate the biological, clinical, and social sciences in order to bridge the gap between laboratory efficacy and population effectiveness in addressing one of the most robust health inequities in the United States.
Students are also invited to join Derrick Matthews for lunch following the seminar. Spots are limited, so early RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP here to join the student lunch.
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Psychology, Psych 105
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA
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