Nina Harawa, PhD
Title Professor
Institution Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Department Psychiatry
School College of Medicine
Address 1731 E. 120th Street, Building J


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Overview
Dr. Nina Harawa serves as the Associate Director for Research for the Charles Drew University’s Center for AIDS Research Education and Services (Drew CARES). She is a Professor in the CDU College of Medicine as well as the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Harawa’s research involves understanding trends in HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and developing effective, culturally relevant interventions for prevention, care, and treatment. She has taught Epidemiology in the CDU Urban Public Health Program for several years. She has conducted innovative research with a variety of populations – including high-risk African American men, sexually active African American and Latina women, older adults, and transgender women. Much of this work has involved partnering with local governmental and community organizations in order to address health issues in populations that experience major health disparities. She currently co-leads two multi-site NIH-funded studies. One examines the impacts of incarceration and related interventions and policies on HIV in Black men who have sex with men. The second will test an intervention to help HIV-positive young people leaving jail to link to and be retained in HIV medical care. In addition, she leads a California HIV/AIDS Research Program study to test the effectiveness of a peer-supported, incentive/mobile app-based intervention to encourage PrEP uptake and ongoing HIV/STI screening for people leaving jail. Dr. Harawa also directs the Policy Impact core of the NIMH-funded UCLA Center for HIV Identification Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) which examines the impact of various policies of efforts to end the HIV epidemic in the United States and abroad.

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Publications
1. Edwards GG, Reback CJ, Cunningham WE, Hilliard CL, McWells C, Mukherjee S, Weiss RE, Harawa NT. Mobile-Enhanced Prevention Support Study for Men Who Have Sex With Men and Transgender Women Leaving Jail: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020 Sep 22; 9(9):e18106.
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2. Harawa NT, Schrode KM, McWells C, Weiss RE, Hilliard CL, Bluthenthal RN. Small Randomized Controlled Trial of the New Passport to Wellness HIV Prevention Intervention for Black Men Who Have Sex With Men (BMSM). AIDS Educ Prev. 2020 Aug; 32(4):311-324.
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3. Hotton AL, Chen YT, Schumm P, Khanna AS, Brewer R, Skaathun B, Issema RS, Ramani S, Ramachandran A, Ozik J, Fujimoto K, Harawa NT, Schneider JA. Socio-Structural and Neighborhood Predictors of Incident Criminal Justice Involvement in a Population-Based Cohort of Young Black MSM and Transgender Women. J Urban Health. 2020 Mar 16.
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4. Takada S, Ettner SL, Harawa NT, Garland WH, Shoptaw SJ, Cunningham WE. Life Chaos is Associated with Reduced HIV Testing, Engagement in Care, and ART Adherence Among Cisgender Men and Transgender Women upon Entry into Jail. AIDS Behav. 2020 Feb; 24(2):491-505.
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5. Khanna AS, Schneider JA, Collier N, Ozik J, Issema R, di Paola A, Skwara A, Ramachandran A, Webb J, Brewer R, Cunningham W, Hilliard C, Ramani S, Fujimoto K, Harawa N. A modeling framework to inform preexposure prophylaxis initiation and retention scale-up in the context of 'Getting to Zero' initiatives. AIDS. 2019 10 01; 33(12):1911-1922.
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6. Goodman-Meza D, Shoptaw S, Weiss RE, Nakazono T, Harawa NT, Takada S, Garland WH, Cunningham WE. Methamphetamine use drives decreases in viral suppression for people living with HIV released from a large municipal jail: Results of the LINK LA clinical trial. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 09 01; 202:178-184.
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7. Dangerfield Ii DT, Harawa NT, McWells C, Hilliard C, Bluthenthal RN. Exploring the preferences of a culturally congruent, peer-based HIV prevention intervention for black men who have sex with men. Sex Health. 2018 11; 15(5):424-430.
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8. Harawa NT, Brewer R, Buckman V, Ramani S, Khanna A, Fujimoto K, Schneider JA. HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infection, and Substance Use Continuum of Care Interventions Among Criminal Justice-Involved Black Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Systematic Review. Am J Public Health. 2018 11; 108(S4):e1-e9.
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9. Dyer TV, Khan MR, Regan R, Harawa NT, Nelson LE, Wilton L, Wang L, Peng L, Ou SS, Shoptaw S. Differential Patterns of Risk and Vulnerability Suggest the Need for Novel Prevention Strategies for Black Bisexual Men in the HPTN 061 Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 08 15; 78(5):491-498.
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10. Harawa NT, Guentzel-Frank H, McCuller WJ, Williams JK, Millet G, Belcher L, Joseph HA, Bluthenthal RN. Efficacy of a Small-Group Intervention for Post-Incarcerated Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (MSMW). J Urban Health. 2018 04; 95(2):159-170.
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11. Cunningham WE, Weiss RE, Nakazono T, Malek MA, Shoptaw SJ, Ettner SL, Harawa NT. Effectiveness of a Peer Navigation Intervention to Sustain Viral Suppression Among HIV-Positive Men and Transgender Women Released From Jail: The LINK LA Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 04 01; 178(4):542-553.
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12. Dangerfield DT, Harawa NT, Smith LR, Jeffries WL, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Bluthenthal R. Latent Classes of Sexual Risk Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women. Arch Sex Behav. 2018 10; 47(7):2071-2080.
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13. Lea CH, Gideonse TK, Harawa NT. An examination of consensual sex in a men's jail. Int J Prison Health. 2018 03 12; 14(1):56-62.
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14. Del Pino HE, Harawa NT, Liao D, Moore AA, Karlamangla AS. Age and Age Discordance Associations with Condomless Sex Among Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS Behav. 2018 02; 22(2):649-657.
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15. Dangerfield DT, Harawa NT, Fernandez MI, Hosek S, Lauby J, Joseph H, Frank HG, Bluthenthal RN. Age Cohort Differences in Sexual Behaviors Among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women. J Sex Res. 2018 10; 55(8):1012-1021.
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16. Ladapo JA, Richards AK, DeWitt CM, Harawa NT, Shoptaw S, Cunningham WE, Mafi JN. Disparities in the Quality of Cardiovascular Care Between HIV-Infected Versus HIV-Uninfected Adults in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Nov 14; 6(11).
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17. Joseph HA, Pan Y, Mendoza M, Harawa NT, Lauby J, Hosek SG, Bluthenthal RN, Milnamow M, Fernandez MI, Jeffries WL, Belcher L, Millett GA. HIV Acquisition and Transmission Potential Among African American Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women in Three U.S. Cities. Arch Sex Behav. 2018 01; 47(1):183-194.
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18. Beymer MR, Harawa NT, Weiss RE, Shover CL, Toynes BR, Meanley S, Bolan RK. Are Partner Race and Intimate Partner Violence Associated with Incident and Newly Diagnosed HIV Infection in African-American Men Who Have Sex with Men? J Urban Health. 2017 Oct; 94(5):666-675.
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19. Harawa NT, Amani B, Rohde Bowers J, Sayles JN, Cunningham W. Understanding interactions of formerly incarcerated HIV-positive men and transgender women with substance use treatment, medical, and criminal justice systems. Int J Drug Policy. 2017 10; 48:63-71.
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20. Bruce MA, Martins D, Duru K, Beech BM, Sims M, Harawa N, Vargas R, Kermah D, Nicholas SB, Brown A, Norris KC. Church attendance, allostatic load and mortality in middle aged adults. PLoS One. 2017; 12(5):e0177618.
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21. Harawa NT, Holloway IW, Leibowitz A, Weiss R, Gildner J, Landovitz RJ, Perez MJ, Kulkarni S, Rotheram-Borus MJ, Shoptaw S. Serious concerns regarding a meta-analysis of preexposure prophylaxis use and STI acquisition. AIDS. 2017 03 13; 31(5):739-740.
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22. Harawa NT, Manson SM, Mangione CM, Penner LA, Norris KC, DeCarli C, Scarinci IC, Zissimopoulos J, Buchwald DS, Hinton L, Pérez-Stable EJ. Strategies for enhancing research in aging health disparities by mentoring diverse investigators. J Clin Transl Sci. 2017 Jun; 1(3):167-175.
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23. Li MJ, Frank HG, Harawa NT, Williams JK, Chou CP, Bluthenthal RN. Racial Pride and Condom Use in Post-Incarcerated African-American Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women: Test of a Conceptual Model for the Men in Life Environments Intervention. Arch Sex Behav. 2018 01; 47(1):169-181.
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24. Nelson LE, Wilton L, Moineddin R, Zhang N, Siddiqi A, Sa T, Harawa N, Regan R, Dyer TP, Watson CC, Koblin B, Del Rio C, Buchbinder S, Wheeler DP, Mayer KH. Economic, Legal, and Social Hardships Associated with HIV Risk among Black Men who have Sex with Men in Six US Cities. J Urban Health. 2016 Feb; 93(1):170-88.
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25. Bracken N, Hilliard C, McCuller WJ, Harawa NT. Facilitators of HIV Medical Care Engagement Among Former Prisoners. AIDS Educ Prev. 2015 Dec; 27(6):566-83.
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26. Harawa NT, Norris KC. The Role of Ethnic Variation and CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Oct 07; 10(10):1708-10.
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27. Asare Bempong G, Ramamurthi HC, McCuller J, Williams JK, Harawa NT. Recruiting Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in an Urban Setting for HIV Prevention Research. J AIDS Clin Res. 2014 Dec 30; 6(1).
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28. Harawa NT, Obregon NB, McCuller WJ. Partnerships between Black Women and Behaviorally Bisexual Men: Implications for HIV Risk and Prevention. Sex Cult. 2014 Dec; 18(4):570-891.
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29. Harawa N, Wilton L, Wang L, Mao C, Kuo I, Penniman T, Shoptaw S, Griffith S, Williams JK, Cummings V, Mayer K, Koblin B. Types of female partners reported by black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) and associations with intercourse frequency, unprotected sex and HIV and STI prevalence. AIDS Behav. 2014 Aug; 18(8):1548-59.
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30. McCuller WJ, Harawa NT. A Condom Distribution Program in the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail: Sheriff Deputies' Attitudes and Opinions. J Correct Health Care. 2014 Jul; 20(3):195-202.
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31. Piwowar-Manning E, Fogel JM, Laeyendecker O, Wolf S, Cummings V, Marzinke MA, Clarke W, Breaud A, Wendel S, Wang L, Swanson P, Hackett J, Mannheimer S, Del Rio C, Kuo I, Harawa NT, Koblin BA, Moore R, Blankson JN, Eshleman SH. Failure to identify HIV-infected individuals in a clinical trial using a single HIV rapid test for screening. HIV Clin Trials. 2014 Mar-Apr; 15(2):62-8.
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32. Dyer TP, Regan R, Wilton L, Harawa NT, Ou SS, Wang L, Shoptaw S. Differences in substance use, psychosocial characteristics and HIV-related sexual risk behavior between Black men who have sex with men only (BMSMO) and Black men who have sex with men and women (BMSMW) in six US cities. J Urban Health. 2013 Dec; 90(6):1181-93.
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33. Leibowitz AA, Harawa N, Sylla M, Hallstrom CC, Kerndt PR. Condom distribution in jail to prevent HIV infection. AIDS Behav. 2013 Oct; 17(8):2695-702.
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34. Harawa NT, Williams JK, McCuller WJ, Ramamurthi HC, Lee M, Shapiro MF, Norris KC, Cunningham WE. Efficacy of a culturally congruent HIV risk-reduction intervention for behaviorally bisexual black men: results of a randomized trial. AIDS. 2013 Jul 31; 27(12):1979-88.
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35. Paxton KC, Williams JK, Bolden S, Guzman Y, Harawa NT. HIV Risk Behaviors among African American Women with at-Risk Male Partners. J AIDS Clin Res. 2013 Jul 25; 4(7):221.
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36. Harawa NT, McCuller WJ, Chavers C, Janson M. HIV risk behaviors among Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina Female partners of men who have sex with men and women. AIDS Behav. 2013 Mar; 17(3):848-55.
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37. Bingham TA, Harawa NT, Williams JK. Gender role conflict among African American men who have sex with men and women: associations with mental health and sexual risk and disclosure behaviors. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jan; 103(1):127-33.
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38. Duru OK, Harawa NT, Kermah D, Norris KC. Allostatic load burden and racial disparities in mortality. J Natl Med Assoc. 2012 Jan-Feb; 104(1-2):89-95.
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39. Harawa NT, Leng M, Kim J, Cunningham WE. Racial/ethnic and gender differences among older adults in nonmonogamous partnerships, time spent single, and human immunodeficiency virus testing. Sex Transm Dis. 2011 Dec; 38(12):1110-7.
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40. Maree CL, Eells SJ, Tan J, Bancroft EA, Malek M, Harawa NT, Lewis MJ, Santana E, Miller LG. Risk factors for infection and colonization with community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Los Angeles County jail: a case-control study. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Dec 01; 51(11):1248-57.
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41. Harawa NT, Sweat J, George S, Sylla M. Sex and condom use in a large jail unit for men who have sex with men (MSM) and male-to-female transgenders. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 Aug; 21(3):1071-87.
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42. Ford CL, Harawa NT. A new conceptualization of ethnicity for social epidemiologic and health equity research. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jul; 71(2):251-258.
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43. Sylla M, Harawa N, Grinstead Reznick O. The first condom machine in a US jail: the challenge of harm reduction in a law and order environment. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jun; 100(6):982-5.
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44. Harawa NT, Bingham TA. Exploring HIV prevention utilization among female sex workers and male-to-female transgenders. AIDS Educ Prev. 2009 Aug; 21(4):356-71.
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45. Williams JK, Ramamurthi HC, Manago C, Harawa NT. Learning from successful interventions: A culturally congruent HIV risk-reduction intervention for African American men who have sex with men and women. Am J Public Health. 2009 Jun; 99(6):1008-12.
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46. Harawa NT, Bingham TA, Butler QR, Dalton KS, Cunningham WE, Behel S, MacKellar DA. Using arrest charge to screen for undiagnosed HIV infection among new arrestees: a study in Los Angeles County. J Correct Health Care. 2009 Apr; 15(2):105-17.
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47. Mackellar DA, Hou SI, Behel S, Boyett B, Miller D, Sey E, Harawa N, Prachand N, Bingham T, Ciesielski C. Exposure to HIV partner counseling and referral services and notification of sexual partners among persons recently diagnosed with HIV. Sex Transm Dis. 2009 Mar; 36(3):170-7.
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48. Javanbakht M, Murphy R, Harawa NT, Smith LV, Hayes M, Chien M, Kerndt PR. Sexually transmitted infections and HIV prevalence among incarcerated men who have sex with men, 2000-2005. Sex Transm Dis. 2009 Feb; 36(2 Suppl):S17-21.
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49. Harawa NT, Ford CL. The foundation of modern racial categories and implications for research on black/white disparities in health. Ethn Dis. 2009; 19(2):209-17.
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50. Harawa NT, Williams JK, Ramamurthi HC, Manago C, Avina S, Jones M. Sexual behavior, sexual identity, and substance abuse among low-income bisexual and non-gay-identifying African American men who have sex with men. Arch Sex Behav. 2008 Oct; 37(5):748-62.
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51. Harawa N, Adimora A. Incarceration, African Americans and HIV: advancing a research agenda. J Natl Med Assoc. 2008 Jan; 100(1):57-62.
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52. Harawa NT, Williams JK, Ramamurthi HC, Bingham TA. Perceptions towards condom use, sexual activity, and HIV disclosure among HIV-positive African American men who have sex with men: implications for heterosexual transmission. J Urban Health. 2006 Jul; 83(4):682-94.
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53. Harawa NT, Douglas J, McFarland W, Thiede H, Kellogg TA, Vorhees K, Donovan KM, Bingham TA. Trends in HIV prevalence among public sexually transmitted disease clinic attendees in the Western region of the United States (1989-1999). J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2004 Sep 01; 37(1):1206-15.
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54. Harawa NT, Greenland S, Bingham TA, Johnson DF, Cochran SD, Cunningham WE, Celentano DD, Koblin BA, LaLota M, MacKellar DA, McFarland W, Shehan D, Stoyanoff S, Thiede H, Torian L, Valleroy LA. Associations of race/ethnicity with HIV prevalence and HIV-related behaviors among young men who have sex with men in 7 urban centers in the United States. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2004 Apr 15; 35(5):526-36.
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55. Johnson DF, Sorvillo FJ, Wohl AR, Bunch G, Harawa NT, Carruth A, Castillon M, Jimenez B. Frequent failed early HIV detection in a high prevalence area: implications for prevention. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2003 Jun; 17(6):277-82.
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56. Harawa NT, Greenland S, Cochran SD, Cunningham WE, Visscher B. Do differences in relationship and partner attributes explain disparities in sexually transmitted disease among young white and black women? J Adolesc Health. 2003 Mar; 32(3):187-91.
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57. Bingham TA, Harawa NT, Johnson DF, Secura GM, MacKellar DA, Valleroy LA. The effect of partner characteristics on HIV infection among African American men who have sex with men in the Young Men's Survey, Los Angeles, 1999-2000. AIDS Educ Prev. 2003 Feb; 15(1 Suppl A):39-52.
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58. Harawa NT, Bingham TA, Cochran SD, Greenland S, Cunningham WE. HIV prevalence among foreign- and US-born clients of public STD clinics. Am J Public Health. 2002 Dec; 92(12):1958-63.
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59. Daar ES, Little S, Pitt J, Santangelo J, Ho P, Harawa N, Kerndt P, Glorgi JV, Bai J, Gaut P, Richman DD, Mandel S, Nichols S. Diagnosis of primary HIV-1 infection. Los Angeles County Primary HIV Infection Recruitment Network. Ann Intern Med. 2001 Jan 02; 134(1):25-9.
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60. Plaeger S, Bermudez S, Mikyas Y, Harawa N, Dickover R, Mark D, Dillon M, Bryson YJ, Boyer PJ, Sinsheimer JS. Decreased CD8 cell-mediated viral suppression and other immunologic characteristics of women who transmit human immunodeficiency virus to their infants. J Infect Dis. 1999 Jun; 179(6):1388-94.
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61. Gallagher K, Gorre M, Harawa N, Dillon M, Wafer D, Stiehm ER, Bryson Y, Song D, Dickover R, Plaeger S. Timing of lymphocyte activation in neonates infected with human immunodeficiency virus. Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 1997 Nov; 4(6):742-7.
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62. Mikyas Y, Aziz N, Harawa N, Gorre M, Neagos N, Nogueira M, Wafer D, Dillon M, Boyer PJ, Bryson YJ, Plaeger S. Immunologic activation during pregnancy: serial measurement of lymphocyte phenotype and serum activation molecules in HIV-infected and uninfected women. J Reprod Immunol. 1997 Jun; 33(2):157-70.
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