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Partner violence elevates postpartum viral loads in South Africa

September 14, 2021
Infants can be healthy and HIV-free when their HIV-positive mothers are healthy. Antiretroviral treatment (ART) is the best way to support this outcome, but barriers including partner violence mean that large numbers of women around the world are unable to continue with ART after giving birth.

Microeconomic interventions show potential to reduce HIV vulnerability among transgender women

September 9, 2021
Dr. Tonia Poteat and colleagues have published research on flexible microeconomic interventions, which can support gender affirming interventions, improve financial literacy and provide non-stigmatizing, living-wage employment for economically vulnerable transgender women. While not focused on HIV, such interventions have the potential to reduce the structural drivers of HIV risk.

Innovative programs awarded $40 million to advance gender equality

September 2, 2021
The Equality Can’t Wait Challenge awarded $40 million to projects with bold ideas to expand women’s power and influence in the United States. Dr. Nicole Bates, an alumna of the Gillings School, is director of strategic partnerships and initiatives at Pivotal Ventures.

Drinking among first-year college students decreases during pandemic

August 9, 2021
First-year college students reported drinking less alcohol and having fewer episodes of binge drinking four months into the coronavirus pandemic than they were before the pandemic started, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Gillings School alumni named to Triangle Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list

July 7, 2021
Five alumni of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were honored by Triangle Business Journal as among the Triangle region of North Carolina’s best and brightest business and community leaders younger than 40 years. The 40 under 40 list highlights people who will shape the Triangle for years to come.

Study reveals $17.5 billion business of underage drinking

June 10, 2021
A new study has found that underage drinkers consumed $17.5 billion worth of alcoholic drinks sold in 2016. Public health experts, including Dr. Pamela Trangenstein at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, say alcohol company revenues could be used to help curb underage drinking