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Brawner Study on Biological Factors That May Increase Women’s HIV Risk Highlighted as ‘Editor’s Pick’

A new study by Bridgette M. Brawner explores unique biological risks for HIV among heterosexual women.

A new study by Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, APRN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, that explores unique biological risks for HIV among heterosexual women, has recently been chosen as an ‘Editor’s Pick’ by the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, which published it.

Her research, ‘Exploring Genitoanal Injury and HIV Risk Among Women: Menstrual Phase, Hormonal Birth Control, and Injury Frequency and Prevalence,’ indicates there is an increased risk of injuries after consensual intercourse in women who are using hormonal birth control, those who are menopausal and those in the follicular phase of menstruation.

“HIV remains an international public health concern, particularly among women,” said Brawner. “We need a better understanding of all of the factors in play to make the best recommendations for women’s sexual and reproductive health. This study was a step in that direction.”

Brawner led a team of researchers in this investigation. It included: Drs. Marilyn Sommers (University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing); Therese Zink (University of Minnesota); Kathleen M. Brown (University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing); Jamison Fargo (Utah State University); and graduate students Kendra Moore (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine); and Rose Aka-James (Brown University).

This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, under awards numbers 1R01NR011589 and 2R01NR005352.