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The faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. PHS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborators will present their work at our monthly faculty research presentations.
Join us: Noon-1 pm at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454.
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December 11, 2013
Alex Iantaffi, PhD
D-P@rk Project Coordinator
"It's not all about being Deaf: Deaf MSM and HIV testing barriers"
Deaf Men who have Sex with Men (DMSM) are a high-risk, underserved population experiencing chronic barriers to HIV testing and prevention. The principal challenge is that HIV research, testing, counseling, and services are provided in English, while DMSM communicate primarily through American Sign Language (ASL). Despite these disparities, no national assessment of HIV testing rates, behavior, prevention, and treatment needs has been conducted in the US. Data from Maryland, the only state to ask information about hearing status when screening for HIV, indicate that the prevalence of HIV in deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals is two to five times higher than for hearing people. Despite increased risk of HIV infection, Deaf people are systematically excluded from English-based HIV services available to the hearing population. This presentation will discuss findings from qualitative interviews carried out with DMSM, and key informants working with this population. These interviews are part of a current NIH-funded formative study focused on exploring how to use online technologies to address the chronic barriers experienced by DMSM.
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|January 8, 2014|
Ira Reiss, PhD
Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
Preeminent scientist in the field of human sexuality
"How to integrate values, power, and advocacy into sexual science"
There is widespread acceptance by American sexual scientists of the need to be aware of our values and control their potential biasing effect. Despite this belief there is a lack of consensus among sexual scientists concerning whether we should advocate for or against sexual policy issues that come before Congress and impact our field. Also, sexual scientists have conflicting views on just how much they should publicly reveal about their personal values concerning a sexual problem issue. Above all, the containment of bias requires confronting the interface of values, power and advocacy with the work we do in sexual science. I spell out my Value Aware approach as a pathway for dealing with these complexities of our sexual science field. I illustrate the tenets in that approach by discussing the way the current debate on public school sex education in America has been handled by sexual scientists, politicians, and others and the way one recent research study compared straight and gay families.
|Mark Your Calendar for Future PHS Faculty Research Presentations|
February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10, 2014