New Video Series Chronicles AIDS Epidemic in Tijuana

“HIV/SIDA: The Epidemic in Tijuana” focuses on UC San Diego researchers’ efforts to track and prevent the spread of HIV among the city’s most at-risk populations —

The new documentary “HIV/SIDA: The Epidemic in Tijuana” offers an unflinching look at the challenges facing researchers from the University of California, San Diego as they attempt to identify and treat people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender women and others who are at high risk for HIV infection in Tijuana. The program, which was shot over two years, premieres Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. on UCSD-TV and can be viewed at www.uctv.tv/hiv-sida. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


The film features the efforts of Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, her Division of Global Public Health colleagues and a multidisciplinary, multinational team of medical professionals to trace and arrest the spread of AIDS in Tijuana.

Dr. Strathdee is Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health at UC San Diego.

The four-part documentary, based on the book Tomorrow Is a Long Time by Malcolm Linton and Jon Cohen, premiered on UCSD-TV on October 5. It was supported by funding from the Ford Foundation.

Find more about the documentary here: HIV/SIDA: The Epidemic in Tijuana – UCSD-TV – University of California Television.

Intervention Effort Cuts HIV Incidence Among Female Sex Workers

Three Division of Global Public Health faculty members are coauthors of the study described in the UCSD Newsroom story, “Intervention effort cuts HIV incidence among female sex workers.”

The Global Public Health researchers are Dr. José L. Burgos, Project Scientist, lead author; Steffanie A. Strathdee, PhD, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health; and Julia A. Gaebler, PhD, Assistant Professor.

Read the published study in PLoS One (free full text)

Needle Sharing May Play a Major Role in Transmission of Syphilis

Dr. Steffanie Strathdee and coworkers in the Division of Global Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry are the authors of a new research report featured in the UCSD story, “Needle Sharing May Play a Major Role in Transmission of Syphilis.”

BusinessWeek, U.S.News & World Report, and local media including KPBS and 10News have carried the story.

Steffanie A. Strathdee, Ph.D., is Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health; Director of the Center for Migration and Health; and Director of the Global Health Initiative at UCSD.

Other coauthors in the Division of Global Public Health are Melanie L. A. Rusch, M.Sc., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine; and postdoctoral fellow Oralia Loza, Ph.D. Dr. Loza is now Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso.