Gulu Sexual Health Project

Research Objectives: Since 2009, CGSHE faculty, Ugandan researchers, and community partners have collaborated on the Gulu Sexual Health Project in the conflict-affected Gulu region of Northern Uganda. To date, this project has included three studies: 1) a qualitative exploration of the political, economic, cultural, and social transitions within the post-conflict environment and systemic violence experiences shaping HAART, HIV care, and disclosure among women living with HIV; 2) a mixed methods study of the HIV risk environment of youth and adult sex workers in bars, truck stops, lodges, and former internally displaced persons camps across Gulu District; and 3) a pilot venue-based, peer outreach and voluntary HIV testing intervention with The AIDS Support Organization (TASO). This research continues to be disseminated through community, policy, and academic venues with the aim of informing gender-focused HIV prevention, treatment, and care for youth and women living with and at risk of HIV in post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa settings.

Research Objectives: The focus of the Gulu Sexual Health Project has been on conducting exploratory research on lived experiences relating to violence, sexual and reproductive health, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and access to care among conflict-affected women living with HIV, youth, and adult sex workers in post-conflict Gulu District of northern Uganda.

Principal Investigators: Dr. Kate Shannon, Dr. Josephine Birungi

Partners: The AIDS Support Organization (TASO)

Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Team Grant on Gender, Violence and HIV