Melissa Pickett
Student: Melissa Pickett
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As an intern, I collaborated with a team of epidemiologists to determine the results of a recent cross-sectional study of healthy HIV+ men and women conducted in Mombasa, Kenya. HIV+ persons with CD4 cell counts too high to warrant antiretroviral therapy have been identified as a population that could pose a high risk of transmission to other members of their community. I was given the raw dataset and the responsibility to analyze the data and determine associations between characteristics of the study population and the practice of unprotected sex. We were especially interested in the predictors for having unprotected sex with a partner of known negative HIV status or of unknown HIV status.

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