Stimulating dissemination of research that addresses the social and contextual drivers of HIV prevention and treatment in the journal AIDS : AIDS

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Stimulating dissemination of research that addresses the social and contextual drivers of HIV prevention and treatment in the journal AIDS

Schneider, Johna; Coutinho, Roelb; Hatcher, Abigail M.c; Larmarange, Josephd; Letendre, Scotte; Paraskevis, Dimitriosf; Strathdee, Steffaniea,e; Vance, David E.g; Martínez, Estebanh

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AIDS 37(7):p 1021, June 1, 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000003582
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AIDS has a history of accepting articles in the area of social science, which complements its origins in disseminating seminal contributions in the basic, clinical, and epidemiologic field. For example, well cited social articles have been published in the past 3 years [1–6]. Such articles are moving the field and highlighted important social science research findings.

Social science research defines social and structural mechanisms and phenomena that is fundamental to understand and support HIV transmission, treatment and prevention whether they are behavioral or biologic.

We as members of the editorial board with expertise in social science and the editors are particularly interested in reinvigorating dissemination of socially oriented research in our journal that moves beyond individual-level behavior. Such research of high impact that is of interest focuses on higher level social structures and systems. These include networks, institutional policies, community interventions, public health systems science, modeling social phenomena, and big events science. Additional socio-structural factors such as violence, racism, transphobia, and stigma are also of interest, particularly as they apply to clinical care, prevention, and treatment. We strongly encourage authors to submit such articles to our journal be it as original research articles, concise communication, letters, or reviews to guarantee that the journal covers the complete spectrum of worldwide research on HIV.


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2. Meinck F, Pantelic M, Spreckelsen TF, Orza L, Little MT, Nittas V, et al. Interventions to reduce violence among young people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in low-income and middle-income countries. AIDS 2019; 33:2219–2236.
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4. Budd AS, Krentz HB, Rubin LH, Power C, Gill MJ, Fujiwara E. Long-term consequences of interpersonal violence experiences on treatment engagement and health status in people living with HIV. AIDS 2021; 35:801–809.
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6. Hamidouche M, Ante-Testard PA, Baggaley R, Temime L, Jean K. Monitoring socio-economic inequalities across HIV knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and prevention in 18 sub-Saharan African countries. AIDS 2022; 36:863–870.
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