The Interdisciplinary Sexual Health and HIV Research group was formed in 2014 by School of Nursing clinical and research faculty, postdocs, and PhD students. Our mission was to pool and leverage investigator diversity, creativity, experience, and skills across multiple disciplines to increase innovation, productivity, and impact in the conduct of primary research aimed at improving sexual health and HIV-related outcomes with a focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations.
Our collective vision is to advance sexual health and HIV science that ameliorates sexual health-related issues and has an impact on ending the HIV epidemic nationally and globally.
The biopsychosocial organization of sexual health, sexuality, gender relations, sexual identity and orientation, and concomitant power inequality, social and economic marginalization, and health disparities, informs the basic behavioral science, health services research, and intervention implementation work conducted by members of the INSHHR group. In addition, we recognize and embrace the power of communities to drive real world action in response to public health concerns and inequities.