Global WACh

July 11, 2020

Global WACh Researchers Share Findings Virtually at AIDS 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) moved from San Francisco, CA to a virtual platform this year.  The largest conference on HIV/AIDS research was held from July 6-10, 2020 and gathered researchers from around the world.  Global WACh faculty, staff, and students within the HIV and Co-Infections Scientific Priority Area shared 9 poster abstracts, 1 oral abstract, and moderated 1 oral poster discussion session on an innovative and interactive global platform to influence discussions on HIV science, research, and policy.  See the abstract titles below and click on the titles to learn more.


Matemo Daniel, MPH (Research Scientist, Kenyatta National Hospital)

Severe anaemia is associated with latent tuberculosis among people living with HIV


Jessica Dyer, MPH (Research Coordinator, Global WACh)

Adolescents and young adults in Kenya Demonstrate good comprehension of risks and benefits of participating in HIV research


Anna Larsen, MPH (Research Assistant; PhD Student in Epidemiology)

Having a partner of unknown HIV status is associated with major depressive symptoms among pregnant HIV-uninfected women in Kenya


Cyrus Mugo, MBChB, MPH (Researcher, Kenyatta National Hospital)

Time to repeat viral load testing following an unsuppressed viral load among adolescents and young adults in Kenya


Jillian Neary, MPH (Research Assistant; PhD Student in Epidemiology)

Pediatric saliva-based HIV testing: Acceptability of home-based and parent-administered tests

Perceived social support among adolescents and young adults living with HIV


Jillian Pintye, RN, PhD (Assistant Professor, School of Nursing)

Extent of in utero transfer of tenofovir from mother to fetus: A paired analysis of hair specimens collected at birth from a cohort in the United States

PrEP initiation and continuation among pregnant women are associated with co-delivery of HIV self-tests for at-home male partner testing: Results from an implementation program in Kenya


Keshet Ronen, MPH, PhD (Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health)

Improved ART knowledge and adherence skills in youth living with HIV participating in a WhatsApp support group in Nairobi, Kenya: The Vijana-SMART pilot study




Sylvia LaCourse, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor, Global Health and Medicine-Allergy & Infectious Diseases)

Biomarker assessment of infant adherence to isoniazid prophylaxis in a primary TB infection prevention trial in Kenya




John Kinuthia, MBChB, MPH (Obstetrics and Gynecologist; Head of Research and Programs, Kenyatta National Hospital)

Still a long way to go: HIV care for mothers and children – Introduction (Click here to see other posters in this session)