The Social-Structural Production of HIV Risk: Making Visible the Stakes and Stakeholders
The social work profession has unique analyses and contributions to offer, and important responsibilities, in addressing global HIV. These include making visible and engaging with stakeholders and populations often marginalized in the epidemic; making visible the ubiquitous social and structural determinants of HIV risk; and building evidence to support effective social-structural interventions. Absent a social-structural analysis and related multi-level interventions, biomedical innovations are unlikely to be effective in ending the epidemic.
This symposium features research projects with ethno-racially, sexually and nationally diverse populations (and investigators) that are often invisible stakeholders in the epidemic: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Haiti; immigrant Black women in Canada; and lesbian, bisexual and queer women in Canada. These projects also share in common community-based approaches, a focus on making visible the social-structural mechanisms that produce risk, and the development of evidence informed by community strengths to support meaningful, socio-culturally informed preventive interventions.
After the individual presentations we will provide an overview and facilitate audience discussion of cross-cutting as well as population-specific themes, discuss research questions and methods that characterize a social-structural approach to HIV, and critically evaluate potential pathways for further research and intervention.