Angela Kaida, front row, second from left, with her national team of community-based researchers, all focused on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV in Canada.

Improving the sexual and reproductive health of people living with HIV

July 13, 2017

SFU health sciences professor Angela Kaida wants to help shape health policies and programs to support HIV-affected women to safely achieve their reproductive desires and enjoy healthy and satisfying sex lives.

And now that her Canada Research Chair in Global Perspectives on HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health has been renewed, she has the funding she needs to continue her ground-breaking research on sexual and reproductive well-being among HIV-affected individuals.

As a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, the global health epidemiologist will build on her previous work focused on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and men living with HIV. In rural Uganda, she is investigating the effect of a safer, patient-centered contraception intervention to support HIV-affected individuals and couples who desire children, while eliminating HIV transmission risk to the uninfected partner.

In urban South Africa where nearly 2,000 young women acquire HIV every week, Kaida’s research is uncovering the ways that behavioural, clinical and biomedical factors intersect with gender to increase HIV risk for women. Focusing on adolescents and young adults and the growing range of HIV prevention options, Kaida will assess whether a peer-led, youth-centered, sex-positive intervention can create youth demand for HIV testing and comprehensive prevention services.

Additionally, she will continue her research with the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS), examining the impact of women-centered HIV care on the sexual and reproductive health of women living with HIV in Canada. She will also continue to translate the evidence into better health and social care for women. Kaida is a lead researcher on the CHIWOS study, which follows more than 1,400 women living with HIV across Canada.

Kaida conducts her research in collaboration with recognized local, national and global leaders in public and population health, and biomedical, clinical and social sciences.

Latest News

  • May 02, 2018
    Ethical dilemmas in science communication: advice from the Dean
    Dean of Health Sciences Tania Bubela shared some excellent advice as a panelist at the Science Writers & Communicators of Canada conference.
  • April 10, 2018
    Alumnus leads research on HIV in youth
    Health sciences alumnus Kalysha Closson has had recent success publishing the research from her Master's degree in three leading HIV and sexual health peer-reviewed journals.
  • March 21, 2018
    Applications closing for once in a degree opportunity
    Health Change Lab Fall 2018 applications close on April 1st! This once-in-a-degree experiential learning program will push you outside of the classroom and outside of your comfort zone to investigate a real social, economic, or environmental challenge that impacts community health. In interdisciplinary teams, you will build a sustainable business model to creatively respond to it and pitch your ideas to community influencers – all in just 13 weeks.