SYNDEMIC THEORY AS A MODEL FOR TRAINING AND MENTORSHIP TO ADDRESS HIV/AIDS AMONG LATINOS IN THE UNITED STATES

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Syndemic Theory posits that an understanding of the HIV/AIDS pandemic can only be gained by examining the dynamic interaction of the disease with other health problems (e.g., tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, malnutrition, substance abuse), in the context of social and structural conditions such as poverty, unequal access to resources, violence, stigma, etc. While the theory has been extensively used to guide research, it has not been widely utilized as a training tool. This article presents a model for the use of Syndemic Theory as a framework for the training and mentorship of researchers and practitioners, particularly from underrepresented groups interested in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment among ethnic minorities.

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