Epidemiologie en Bestrijding van Hiv/soa
Unit of Epidemiology and Control of HIV/STD
The unit was established in 2005 and works very closely together with the HIV/AIDS Policy Unit led by Professor Marie Laga. The unit is led by Professor Anne Buvé.
The main research topic of the unit is the vulnerability to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among young women in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes the role of the vaginal environment and behavioural and socio-cultural factors. The ultimate aim is to design novel interventions targeting young adolescent women. The unit works closely together with the STI Reference Laboratory of the Department of Clinical Sciences and with social scientists from the HIV/AIDS Policy Unit and the Medical Anthropology Unit.
Most of the research of the unit is focussed on sub-Saharan Africa. The unit has collaborations in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South-Africa.