Queen's University

AIDS experts

2010-03-19

Cost-effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction InterventionsAna Johnson-Masotti Canada Research Chair in Health Policy and Assistant Professor of Community Health and Epidemiology, Ana Johnson-Masotti, can speak to the cost-effectiveness of HIV/AIDS risk reduction interventions and decision-making in HIV prevention planning. Her previous publications focus on HIV/AIDS, including HIV risk reduction intervention for adults with severe and persistent mental illness and community-level HIV risk reduction for intervention of women living in low-income housing developments. She was also involved with a project that centred on the cost-effectiveness of intervention studies of strategies to prevent new HIV/STD infections and transmission among men enrolled in prison pre-release programs. Ana.Johnson-masotti@queensu.ca(613) 533-6000 Ext 78055 The Politics of DiseaseGeoffrey Smith Emeritus professor Geoffrey Smith can speak to the way political cultures deal with disease over time – specifically AIDS – and the uses to which viral and bacterial images of disease converge with social and political attitudes. He is also able to discuss how sexually transmitted diseases, and other illnesses, have exerted a significant impact upon American foreign and security policies. He researches the intersection of Canadian and American social, cultural, and security history, especially in the Cold War era, and the ways in which that period still casts long shadows over how we interpret and understand illness as a powerful and useful political construct – as witnessed by the refusal of Stephen Harper to attend this week’s International AIDS conference. smithgs@post.queensu.ca(613) 544-5550 Sexuality/Homosexuality in AfricaMarc EpprechtMarc Epprecht can speak to how homosexuality has been “written out” of the AIDS/Africa dialogue. The Associate Professor of History and Development Studies is writing a book entitled The Making of “African Sexuality : An Intellectual History. He is also the author of the Hangochani (the word for homosexuality in the Shona language of Zimbabwe), which won the Canadian Association of African Studies Award for the best book of 2004-05. In that book he looked at how homosexuality is a tantamount to a dissident act against the state in African countries, which refuse to acknowledge there is any such thing as homosexual Africans. Dr. Epprecht, who lived in Zimbabwe for six years, says that the denial of the existence of homosexuality in Africa is creating a dangerous blind spot when it comes to fighting the AIDS epidemic on that continent.epprecht@post.queensu.ca613-533-6000, Ext. 74248Sexual Risk Behaviours and Inequalities in HealthStevenson FergusSchool of Kinesiology and Health Studies’ Stevenson Fergus can speak to the sexual risk behaviours amongst adolescents and gay men, and predictors of sexual risk behaviours in a family context. He has a poster being presented at the upcoming AIDS conference (the subject of which is now under embargo). Dr. Fergus’s research focuses on inequalities in health and how they are tied to health-compromising behaviours – specifically sexual risk and substance use – with an eye to identifying how best to design public health interventions to stop the disproportionate spread of HIV/AIDS amongst marginalized people in North America.ferguss@post.queensu.ca613 533-6000 ext. 78656Contact:Sarah Withrow, Communications Officer, 613-533-3280 Molly Kehoe, Communications Officer, 613-533-2877 Attention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston fibre optic cable and broadcast quality radio transmissions from our on-campus studio. Please call for details.

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