HIV Decision-Making and Linkages to Care: Research and Practice from Brazil

HIV Decision-Making and Linkages to Care: Research and Practice from Brazil

During their time as Program on Global Health & Human Rights fellows from 2013 to 2014, Eliana Zucchi, a doctoral student at Faculdade de Saúde Pública [School of Public Health] at University of São Paulo, Brazil, and Sarah MacCarthy, a postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University, carried out HIV-related research focused mainly on Brazil. Although Brazil is widely recognized for its successful response in making antiretroviral treatment free and universally available, persistent obstacles remain. Zucchi presented on her work concerning psychosocial aspects underlying decision-making about HIV testing among adolescents with special attention to the link between human rights and the Brazilian health and educational responses to HIV prevention. MacCarthy presented empirical findings regarding linkage to care among HIV-positive individuals in Salvador, the third largest city in Brazil and also one of the poorest.

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