Chris Gray and the POFO team recently published the article Potentially traumatic experiences and sexual health among orphaned and separated adolescents in five low- and middle-income countries in AIDS Care.


Orphans and separated children (OSC) are a vulnerable population whose numbers are increasing, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. As younger orphans enter adolescence, their sexual health and HIV-related risk behaviors become key considerations for their overall health. Their high prevalence of exposure to potentially traumatic events (PTEs) put OSC at additional risk for adverse sexual health outcomes. This study highlights the need for caregivers, program managers, and policymakers to promote condom use for sexually active OSC and identify interventions for trauma support services. Orphans living in family-based care may also be particularly vulnerable to early sexual debut and unprotected sexual activity.


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Brian Pence, Kathryn Whetten, Rachel Whetten, and team recently published a research article titled Changes in HIV Outcomes Following Depression Care in a Resource-Limited Setting: Results from a Pilot Study in Bamenda, Cameroon in PLOS One journal.

The study researched how implementing measurement-based antidepressant care (MCH) affected HIV outcomes over 4 months of antidepressant treatment.

The conclusion of the study found that a number of HIV behavioral and non-behavioral health outcomes improved over 4 months of effective depression treatment.

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Sara LeGrand, Kathryn Whetten, and team recently published an article in Behavioral-Bio-Medical Interface: Current HIV/AIDS Reports.

The study researched if traumatic experiences are associated with negative health and behavioral outcomes. The findings conclude that people living with HIV who have experienced traumatic events experience lower rates of HIV disclosure and increases in risk behaviors.

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