Olivia Chang Tran MPH ’10

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Olivia Chang Tran at International AIDS Conference

Olivia Chang Tran presents at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Olivia Chang Tran MPH ’10, (Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology) writes, “As a research and program manager with Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, I provide statistical and programmatic support for HIV/AIDS research activities. The majority of my work currently focuses on HIV prevention and care for people who inject drugs (PWID) in Tanzania. During the 20th International AIDS Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia, I presented orally on prevalence and predictors of Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV/HCV co-infection among methadone clients in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. HCV prevalence was estimated at 57 percent and among clients living with HIV, 86 percent were also HCV antibody positive. Risky injection practices, such as sharing needles, were associated with increased likelihood of HCV and HIV/HCV co-infection and female PWID were nearly twice as likely as their male counterparts to be HIV/HCV co-infected. Our research identified a high burden of disease and highlighted an urgent need for addressing the HCV epidemic among this high-risk population in Tanzania.”

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