Kirby Institute Seminar Series - 24 October 2014

Event date
Friday 24th October 2014
Event time
3:30 PM
Event address
The Kirby Institute Level 6 Seminar Room Wallace Wurth Building UNSW Australia Sydney NSW 2052


The Kirby Institute Level 6 Seminar Room Wallace Wurth Building UNSW Australia Sydney NSW 2052

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Bridget Haire - "Biomedical prevention in special populations"

Abstract: It is well accepted that effective HIV prevention must target the high risk populations in particular local epidemics, and that working collaboratively with these affected populations to design and deliver prevention interventions can maximise uptake and acceptability.

In 2014, we have a greater than ever range of interventions to utilise to prevent HIV, but access, sustainability and adherence remain major issues, and there is no established optimal formula for implementing combination HIV prevention approaches in the specific population groups who need them most. In addition, some of the social and political barriers to effective implementation within key populations have become more entrenched. This poses particular problems both for ongoing research into new interventions and for programmatic implementation of proven interventions.

This seminar  will look at the evidence about the use of HIV prevention in particular populations, and consider how HIV prevention research and implementation can work within a broader human rights framework that takes into account social and political barriers that affect vulnerability, sustainability and adherence to prevention interventions.

Biography: Bridget Haire has recently accepted a Vice Chancellor’s ECR Fellowship at the Kirby, and is currently a lecturer in public health and medical ethics at the UNSW Australia, and  bioethics and medical humanities at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney. She is also Vice President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). Prior to academia, Bridget worked in HIV and sexual and reproductive health for 20 years as a journalist, editor, policy analyst and advocate. She currently acts as a consultant for the Australia-China Human Rights Technical Co-operation Program on sexual and reproductive health rights and serves on the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the South African HIV prevention study CAPRISA 008. Her doctorate was on standards of care in HIV prevention research.