Jennifer Brody
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I conducted a comprehensive literature review on the relationship between alcohol and other drug use on the utilization of voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) as well as on adherence to HIV medications. With members of my research team, I assisted with informal interviews of VCT counselors at mobile and static VCT centers in and around the Nairobi area to evaluate which sites would be appropriate for inclusion in the study. I also drafted and participated in the pre-testing of a focus group discussion guide for use with drug and alcohol rehabilitation clients on issues related to substance use and VCT. In addition, I worked on drafting a focus group discussion guide exploring the effect of substance use on ARV adherence for use with individuals attending an ARV treatment center. Based on existing surveys, I developed a questionnaire exploring the effects of substance use on VCT utilization and ARV adherence. I also received training in a qualitative data analysis software package and used it to analyze and summarize findings from 22 focus groups conducted with health care workers from 9 districts in Kenya.

 

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