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Reproductive Infectious Diseases

Reproductive infectious diseases research at Johns Hopkins is a collaborative effort between the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and other medical and behavioral disciplines. Led by Jenell Coleman, our translational research focuses on sexual and reproductive health among disadvantaged or marginalized women, including sex workers, those who inject drugs and those living in poverty.

Current U.S. research projects focus on sexually transmitted diseases testing and management strategies, interaction between intimate partner violence and STD acquisition, and the effects of injectable birth control on HIV acquisition. Coleman is also developing a safer contraception program that includes lower-cost fertility treatment for HIV-affected couples.

Global research projects focus on cervical cancer prevention and treatment in low- to middle-income countries.