Sexual and reproductive health research
Our Mission is to conduct policy-relevant clinical, laboratory, qualitative and health systems research to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and men in Papua New Guinea.
Our work covers a range of sexual and reproductive health issues. We:
• investigate the epidemiology (patterns of health-related events) of HIV and sexuallytransmitted infections (STIs) among general and at-risk populations in PNG
• increase knowledge of socio-cultural and behavioural drivers of HIV and STIs
• support the National Department of Health (NDoH) in the surveillance and diagnosis of HIV and STIs
• support the National AIDS Council and NDoH HIV Social and Behavioural Research We conduct research on HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual and reproductive health throughout PNG. Our work includes research on penile cutting and male circumcision, the social impacts of antiretroviral therapies, research among male and female sex workers and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Many of these studies have been the first research in these areas to be carried out in PNG. We are currently conducting research to investigate cultural understandings of cervical cancer, including community-level perceptions of what causes cervical acancer, how cervical cancer can be prevented and treated, and the acceptability of vaccines for cervical cancer prevention. We have a varied program of multidisciplinary research and work with colleagues across the whole unit, particularly the maternal health and clinical research groups.