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BPS Fellow makes ‘unforgettable mark’ in the fight against HIV

04 September 2019

A BPS Fellow has been recognised as a ‘game changer’ by the Countdown to Zero Partnership, which supports the United Nations' target of ending new HIV diagnoses by 2030.

Professor Rusi Jaspal is to receive a Ten out of Ten award for making an “unforgettable mark in the fight against HIV”.

His research explores the use of approaches from social psychology to prevent HIV and enhance the wellbeing of HIV patients. He has written more than 100 articles and book chapters on sexual identity, sexual health and prejudice, especially among people from an ethnic minority background.

When told of the award he said:

“My work is about ensuring that ethnic minority groups are visible and that they are not left behind in the fight against HIV.

Gay people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds have a much higher risk of HIV infection, but unfortunately there is still also a lot of stigma attached to the condition in these communities.

These groups are therefore often difficult to access, so prevention can be complex.”

Professor Jaspal, who is pro-vice-chancellor for research and professor of psychology and sexual health at De Montfort University, was one of the keynote speakers at our Social Psychology Section’s annual conference last week.

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