HIV Transmission and Opportunities for Health Promotion

Speaker: Elizabeth Fearon (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Abstract: The Data Science Institute invites you to this seminar on health and social networks for global public health. This talk will describe the context, motivation and proposed methods for using data about online and offline socialising patterns, sexual partnerships, and HIV status and engagement in care from representative samples of MSM from Nairobi and Johannesburg recruited using respondent-driven sampling to develop dynamic network models of HIV transmission, explore the potential role of social media use in HIV transmission, and bring networks-based insights to improving the targeting of health promotion and inform public health intervention development. 

Bio: Elizabeth Fearon is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Department for Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research has been focused on social influences on HIV risk, including friendship network influences, HIV epidemic surveillance, intervention development and evaluation research in East and Southern Africa, particularly among highly affected and marginalised populations in these settings. She has recently begun an MRC Skills Development Fellowship at the LSHTM, collaborating with the University of Manchester, to apply dynamic network modelling approaches to questions of HIV transmission and prevention in the context of increasing online socialising and partnership formation among gay men and other MSM in Nairobi and Johannesburg