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USC Professor to Study Homeless Men, Risky Sexual Behavior

Suzanne Wenzel. Photo/Brian Goodman.

Suzanne Wenzel. Photo/Brian Goodman.

University of Southern California School of Social Work Professor Suzanne Wenzel received almost $2 million in federal stimulus funds to study risky sexual behavior among homeless men.

Homeless men are at a higher risk of getting and spreading sexually transmitted diseases. And 83 percent of women  with HIV/AIDS were infected by men.

“Our study will move the field forward by shedding light on heterosexual HIV risk factors in a population that is among the most vulnerable and stigmatized in the United States and that has suffered from a dearth of attention from the scientific community,” Wenzel said.

To read more about Wenzel’s upcoming study click here.  And to find out how social workers help those with HIV/AIDS visit the National Association of Social Workers’ HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project Web page and “Help Starts Here” HIV/AIDS Web Page.

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  1. University of Southern California School of Social Work Professor Suzanne Wenzel is conducting research on risky sexual behavior among homeless men. One generally hears little discussion about heterosexual HIV risk factors. With evidence-based identification of such risk factors, recommendations for preventive interventions will surely follow.

    E. A. Wahrburg, MSW, LCSW (NC, NY)

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