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Vivian Go, PhD

Vivian Go

Vivian Go, PhD

Department of Health Behavior
  • 363 Rosenau Hall
  • CB# 7440
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Vivian Go is a professor in the Department of Health Education at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health. A social epidemiologist, Go's research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of HIV interventions among marginalized populations in Asia.

Dr. Go has worked for more than 15 years in Vietnam, where she has conducted a series of randomized controlled trials to assess the effectiveness of multi-level interventions for people who inject drugs to prevent HIV and to engage those who are HIV+ into the continuum of care.

Her most recent interest is in the scale up of evidence-based interventions into routine practice. Her team has established a permanent UNC office in Hanoi and two project offices in Thai Nguyen (40 miles north of Hanoi) staffed with nine full-time Vietnamese nationals who have been trained to conduct large research trials.

UNC currently has active memorandums of understanding with the Hanoi School of Public Health and the Hanoi Medical School. Vietnam is a site for HPTN 074, “Integrated treatment and prevention for people who inject drugs: a vanguard study for a network-based randomized HIV prevention trial comparing an integrated intervention including supported antiretroviral therapy to the standard of care.” Dr. Go has involved many students and trainees in the studies in Vietnam, both to assist with ongoing studies and to conduct their own independent research.

Representative Courses

HBEH 752 Public Health Intervention and Evaluation | Syllabus

Research Activities

Global health
Mental health
Sexually transmitted diseases
Substance abuse
Violence prevention

Key Publications

Increased Survival Among HIV-Infected PWID Receiving a Multi-Level HIV Risk and Stigma ReductionIntervention: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial. Go VF, Frangakis C, Le Minh N, Ha TV, Latkin CA, Sripaipan T, Zelaya CE, Davis WW, Celentano DD, Quan VM. (2017). Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 74(2), 166-174.

The association between substance use and sub-optimal HIV treatment engagement among HIV-infectedfemale sex workers in Lilongwe, Malaw. Lancaster KE, Lungu T, Mmodzi P, Hosseinipour MC, Chadwick K, Powers KA, Pence BW, Go VF, Hoffman IF, Miller WC (2017). AIDS Care, 29(2), 197-203.

Social Desirability Response Bias and Other Factors That May Influence Self-Reports of Substance Use and HIV Risk Behaviors: A Qualitative Study of Drug Users in Vietnam. Latkin CA, Mai NV, Ha TV, Sripaipan T, Zelaya C, Le Minh N, Morales G, Go VF (2016). AIDS Education and Prevention, 28(5), 417-425.


PhD, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, 2003

MPH, Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 1995

MA, International Economics / Social Change and Development, Johns Hopkins University, 1994

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