Research Theme

Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS

More than 30 years into the AIDS epidemic, over 2.5 million new HIV infections still occur each year, and AIDS remains the leading cause of death among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Unmet need for contraception also remains a major challenge, as an estimated 200 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using an effective contraceptive method. In the U.S., social inequalities are reflected in significant disparities in maternal mortality. The PSTC engages issues of reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and gender with collaborations that emphasize population science and span anthropology, economics, sociology, medicine, and public health.