Sexually transmitted diseases

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a major problem and place a heavy burden on health systems, especially in developing countries. Not only do they harm the health of individuals, they also have adverse consequences for society as a whole, since they usually affect persons of reproductive age.
The ICRH is mainly active in the field of HIV and HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer. Regarding HIV, we study the contextual and behavioural factors that influence infection, with the aim of developing powerful prevention strategies. Regarding HPV, we investigate ways to prevent infection with the virus and development of cervical cancer, including creating screening strategies.
Examples of projects:

  • Research into the acceptability of- and the barriers to HPV vaccination in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The development of models that can predict the spread of HIV, which is very important for prevention.