As Project Manager, Laura led activities on market access issues for MPTs along with a range of other technical projects. She joined CAMI Health in April 2014 after receiving her Master of Health Science (MHS) in Social Factors in Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her master's thesis focused on enhancing linkage to HIV care after diagnosis. Previously, Laura worked as an intern at USAID. She has several years of experience as an HIV tester and counselor and holds a BA in Comparative American Studies and French from Oberlin College. Laura will be pursuing her medical degree this fall.
As an HIV tester and counselor during my university days and beyond, I learned very quickly that most people have more pressing issues to deal with in their lives than HIV prevention. At at Oberlin College, I often saw clients shortly after an unprotected sexual encounter. For most, condom use to protect against HIV and other STIs had to be negotiated alongside myriad influential experiences and other barriers – including insecurity around the sexual relationship, fear around the sexual encounter, school stress, mental illness, and financial hardship, just to name a few. The very fact that these clients had proactively sought out an HIV test, demonstrated to me that they were both aware of and concerned about HIV risk, but that the prevention methods available to them just did not meet their needs or circumstances.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the terms of Cooperative Agreement #AID-OAA-A-16-00045. The contents are the responsibility of the IMPT, CAMI Health, PHI, and its partners and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the U.S. Government.