HIV-NAT has never had any sexual health studies until two years ago: HIV-NAT 114 and HIV-NAT 126. Since then, more sexual health studies are taking place. This year, there are four sexual health studies and one substudy. One study was completed in 2011 and two studies were completed this year, including one substudy. Two more studies are pending IRB approval at the time this was written. More sexual health studies designed by the nurses are in the pipeline.
“For several years HIV-NAT has been conducting research in the field of sexual health. Every man and woman has a right to sexual health. In the context of HIV, proper sexual health can contribute to the vertical and horizontal prevention of transmission of the infection. We have completed studies on the sexual life of HIV-positive heterosexual men and women, on their intention for conception and options for contraception, as well as on menopause in HIV-positive women. Currently we are evaluating different contraceptive methods, including the uptake and continuation of use of intrauterine devices in HIV-positive women, and pharmacokinetic interactions between selected antiretrovirals and combined hormonal contraception. We are also working with particular target groups of interest such as serodiscordant couples, and in 2013 we plan to begin research with adolescents.” – by Nadia Kancheva Landolt
This is a cross-sectional study which evaluates the quality of life and menopausal related symptoms in Thai HIV infected women aged 40 years and older (HIV MENQOL cross sectional study).
Preventive study in reproductive health and HIV
Contraception and the prevention of HIV infection - conception and contraception in Thai people living with HIV
This is a cross-sectional study with two stages: stage 1 – questionnaire; stage 2 – focus group discussion. The main goal is to assess sex practices, contraceptive methods used and the desire for conception in Thai PLH via administering a questionnaire and conducting focus group discussions.
Intrauterine Device as a modern method of contraception in Thai HIV-positive women
This is a prospective study with a follow up period of six months. The main goal is to assess the acceptance of and adherence to intrauterine device (IUD) as a contraceptive method in Thai HIV-positive women.
Pharmacokinetic hormonal study
Pharmacokinetic interactions between sex steroid hormones and NNRTIs in HIV-positive Thai Women
Reproductive health and HIV – Characterize HIV serodiscordance in heterosexual couples
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