Emerging Scholar Lecture: Jaih Craddock, "Social Interactions as a Mechanism in HIV Prevention"

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons/116

 Social Welfare, School of

There is a stark HIV disparity among Black American women, with Black women accounting for over 60% of all new HIV incidences among women in the United States. The highest rates of HIV acquisition occur among Black women aged 25 and over, thus examining factors that may be associated with HIV risk among young Black women aged 18 to 24 is critical for HIV prevention efforts. Sexual health communication in social networks has been shown to be important to HIV prevention among other high-risk populations, yet sexual health communication between young Black women and their social network members has been largely overlooked.
This presentation will highlight and discuss findings from two studies which used social network data from 78 young Black women to examine associations between HIV risk and protective factors, sexual health communication, sexual health information dissemination and social network structures.

Jaih Craddock is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work