Audrey Pettifor

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Audrey Pettifor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center. Dr Pettifor’s research focuses on determinants of HIV/STI infection in sub-Saharan Africa with the goal of identifying modifiable risk factors and developing novel interventions to prevent new HIV infections—particularly in young women. Dr Pettifor has conducted HIV research in South Africa for over 15 years and also has worked in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar. She has a particular interest in structural interventions including the role of incentives for HIV prevention, community mobilization to change negative gender norms and interventions to promote linkages to care. Dr Pettifor received her PhD in Epidemiology and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from UC Berkeley.


2004 University of California, Berkeley PhD, Epidemiology
2000 University of California, Berkeley MPH, Maternal and Child Health
1996 University of Virginia BA, Interdisciplinary, Biomedical Ethics


EPID 755 Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Syllabus
EPID 756 Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries Syllabus

Research interests

  • Global health
  • Health behavior
  • Infectious diseases
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Women’s health

Selected Publications

    1. Corneli A, Pettifor A, Kamanga G, Golin C, McKenna K, Ou S, Hamela G, Massa C, Martinson F, Tharaldson J, Hilgenberg D, Yu X, Chege W, Hoffman I and the HPTN 062 study team. HPTN 062: A pilot intervention to reduce HIV transmission risk behaviors among individuals with acute and early HIV infection in Lilongwe, Malawi is feasible and acceptable. AIDS Behav. 2014 Feb 13. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 2423007
    2. Handa S, Halpern CT, Pettifor A, Thirumurthy H. The Government of Kenya’s Cash Transfer Program Reduces the Risk of Sexual Debut among Young People Age 15-25. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 15;9(1):e85473.PMID: 2445487
    3. Lippman SA, Maman S, Macphail C, Twine R, Peacock D, Kahn K, Pettifor A*. Conceptualizing Community Mobiliation for HIV Prevention: Implications for HIV Prevention Programming in the African Context. PLoS One. 2013 Oct 11;8(10):e78208. PMID: 24147121
    4. Schwartz SR, Pettifor A**, Stuart GS, Cohen MS. Hormonal Contraception and HIV: The methods have confused the message. AIDS. 2013 Oct;27 Suppl 1:S45-53. PMID:24088683
    5. Pettifor A, Macphail C, Nguyen N, Rosenberg M, Parker L, Sibeko J. Feasibility and acceptability of Project Connect: A couples-based HIV-risk reduction intervention among young couples in Johannesburg, South Africa. AIDS Care. 2013 Oct 14. [Epub ahead of print]
    6. Pettifor A, Bekker, LG, Hosek S, DiClemente R, Rosenberg M, Bull S, Allison S, Delany-Moretlwe S, Kapogiannis B, Cowan F. Preventing HIV among Young People: Research Priorities for the Future. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Jul;63 Suppl 2:S155-60.. PMID: 23764629
    7. Rosenberg NE, Westreich D, Bärnighausen T, Miller WC, Behets F, Maman S, Newell ML, Pettifor A**. Assessing the Effect of HIV Counseling and Testing on HIV Acquisition among South African Youth. IDS. 2013 Jul 24. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23887069
    8. MacPhail C, Adato M, Kahn K, Selin A, Twine R, Khoza, A, Rosenberg M, Nguyen N, Becker E, Pettifor A*. Acceptability and Feasibility of Cash Transfers for HIV Prevention Among Adolescent South African Women. Cash Transfers as an HIV Prevention Method for Young South African Women: A Pilot Study for Feasibility and Acceptability of a Randomized Controlled Trial. AIDS Behav. 2013 Feb 23. [Epub ahead of print]
    9. Clouse K, Pettifor A**, Maskew M, Bassett J, Van Rie A, Behets F, Gay C, Sanne I, Fox M. Patient retention from HIV diagnosis through one year on antiretroviral therapy at a primary healthcare clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Sep 22. [Epub ahead of print]

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