HIV/STI Risks Among Migrant Male Workers in Kazakhstan
Start Date: 07/01/2008
End Date: 06/30/2012
Dr. Chris Beyrer has been invited to collaborate with Dr. Nabila El-Bassel and researchers from Columbia University's Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA) to further examine the risk factors and societal influences on HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) epidemics in Kazakhstan. The study, HIV/STI Risks Among Migrant Male Workers in Kazakhstan (a.k.a The Marketplace Study), will be conducted in 2008 – 2012 in the Barakholka Market of Almaty and focuses on HIV and STI rates among male, migrant market vendors. This study is conducted in two phases; the first phase includes qualitative interviews among 60 randomly selected vendors to understand the context of sexual risk, while the second phase is a longitudinal assessment of HIV/STI incidence among 2,000 randomly selected vendors. This study is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.