Hormonal Contraception and HIV Risk

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January 10, 2013

Renee Heffron, PhD, MPH

University of Washington

Renee Heffron, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington.  She is part of the Partners PrEP Study team that demonstrated high efficacy for PrEP to reduce HIV transmission among African HIV discordant couples.  This team is now working on a PrEP demonstration project to evaluate real world implementation of PrEP use and HIV prevention preferences among high risk African HIV discordant couples.  Reneeā€™s research additionally focuses on epidemiologic questions that bridge the areas of reproductive health and HIV prevention including recent work demonstrating a doubling of HIV risk for women using injectable contraception and for men whose female partners use injectable contraception.  These findings highlight the importance of integrating reproductive health and HIV prevention programs to ensure that women receive optimal health care and have sufficient reproductive choices. 

Renee brings many years of experience living in Africa to her research including her time spent in rural Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer where she developed her passion for working in the field of HIV.  She currently collaborates closely with colleagues and mentors at the University of Washington and Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.

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