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Andrea L. Wirtz, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E7141
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

410-502-0800

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Education

PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007

Overview

My research is dedicated to the field of epidemiologic assessment of infectious disease and health among vulnerable populations, including men who have sex with men, sex workers, and refugees, displaced, and stateless populations. I have specific interest in developing measures and methods to assess risks, outcomes and effective health interventions for these populations.  My interests include epidemiological and intervention research related to violence, stigma, disparities in healthcare access, and infectious disease, particularly HIV infection; implementation science methods for key populations; and capacity building among local community-based partners. I have engaged in past and research in Russia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Peru.  

Honors and Awards

Recipient, Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research (JHU CFAR) International Research Scholars Program
Recipient, Charlotte Silverman Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Delta Omega Competition: Overall Competition Winner; Applied Research First Place
  • 2013 Recipient, Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research (JHU CFAR) International Research Scholars Program
  • 2013 Recipient, Charlotte Silverman Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
  • 2013 Delta Omega Competition: Overall Competition Winner; Applied Research First Place

Selected publications since 2009:

  • Wirtz AL, Trapence G, Jumbe V, Umar E, Ketende S, Kamba D, Berry M, Strömdahl S, Beyrer C, Baral S. I Feasibility of a combination HIV prevention program for men who have sex with men in Blantyre, Malawi. JAIDS 2015 (In Press).

  • Wirtz AL, Zelaya C, Peryshkina A, McGowan I, Cranston RD, Latkin C, Galai N, Moguilnyi V, Dzhigun P, Kostetskaya I, Beyrer C. Anal human papillomavirus and HIV: An exploratory study among men who have sex with men in Moscow, Russia. Eurosurveillance 2015; 20 (15): pii=21095

  • Wirtz AL, Schwartz S, Ketende S, Grosso A, Anato S, Djarki Nadedjo F, Ouedrago G, Ky-Zerbo O, Papworth E, Baral S. Sexual violence and condom use in the context of sex work: results from two West African countries. JAIDS 2015; 68 (Suppl 2): S171-9.

  • Wirtz AL, Pham K, Glass N, Kidane T, Loockhart S, Cuspoca D, Rubenstein LS, Singh S, Vu A. Gender-based violence in conflict and displacement: Qualitative findings from displaced women in Colombia. Conflict and Health. July 2014. 

  • Wirtz AL, Pretorius C, Beyrer C, Baral S, Sherman S, Decker M, Sweat M, Poteat T, Butler J, Oelrichs R, Semini I, Kerrigan D.  Impacts of a community empowerment intervention for HIV prevention among female sex workers and adults in generalized and concentrated epidemics. PLoS One Feb 2014.

  • Development of a screening tool to confidentially identify and refer cases of gender-based violence in humanitarian settings
  • Effectiveness of combination HIV preventive interventions for young Thai MSM