A Matter of Survival: Global Stories of Trust, Connection, and Healing

May 30, 2019

Sophia Zamudio-Haas is an expert in Coming Out, on both a personal and professional level. Her research with and among intersectional communities of LGBT people, youth, people who inject drugs, and sex workers has led her all around the world to conduct interviews documenting the strength and resilience of survivors, who weigh the benefits and risks of disclosing their sexuality, gender identity, HIV status, drug use, or sexual behavior in order to access life-saving services. In this Grey Matters talk, Sophia will chart the universality of public health crises driven by stigmatization, be it in the San Francisco Bay Area or the heart of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Drawing on her personal experiences as well as her research, Sophia will speak to the profound healing power of solidarity and connection, and the spaces which must first be created to rebuild the trust of survivors.

Sophia Zamudio-Haas is a qualitative researcher at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She specializes in community based, participatory research methods. Dr. Zamudio- Haas received her Master’s in Science from Harvard School of Public Health, with a concentration in Women, Gender and Health, and her Doctor in Public Health from UC Berkeley. She has led and collaborated in HIV research and health systems strengthening projects in 15 different country contexts and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is a writer, whose manuscripts have been published in several peer reviewed scientific journals.  Her work focuses on exploring the ways in which people overcome extreme adversity, to survive and thrive, while changing systems that seek to marginalize and oppress difference.

Further Reading & Ways to Engage

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) 

PrEP Fact Sheet


San Francisco Resources

San Francisco Women Against Rape

La Clinica de La Raza

El/La Para Trans Latinas

SF LGBT Community Center

SF AIDS Foundation

Talk Links

Rebecca Solnit: Let This Flood of Women’s Stories Never Cease

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Danger of a Single Story

Works by Sophia Zamudio-Haas

Sophia Zamudio-Haas, Bathsheba Mahenge, and others, ‘Generating Trust: Programmatic Strategies to Reach Women Who Inject Drugs with Harm Reduction Services in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’, International Journal of Drug Policy, 30 (2016), 43–51 <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.01.012>

Barrot H. Lambdin and others, ‘Identifying Programmatic Gaps: Inequities in Harm Reduction Service Utilization among Male and Female Drug Users in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’, ed. by Sten H. Vermund, PLoS ONE, 8.6 (2013), e67062 <https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0067062>

Sophia Zamudio-Haas, Imelda Mudekunye-Mahaka, and others, ‘If, When and How to Tell: A Qualitative Study of HIV Disclosure among Young Women in Zimbabwe’, Reproductive Health Matters, 20.sup39 (2012), 18–26 <https://doi.org/10.1016/S0968-8080(12)39637-7>

Sophia Zamudio-Haas, Andres Maiorana, and others, ‘“No Estas Solo”: Navigation Programs Support Engagement in HIV Care for Mexicans and Puerto Ricans Living in the Continental U.S.’, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 30.2 (2019), 866–87 <https://doi.org/10.1353/hpu.2019.0060>.

Gender, Health & Human Rights

HRSA SPNS Transgender Women of Color Study Group and others, ‘Evidence for the Model of Gender Affirmation: The Role of Gender Affirmation and Healthcare Empowerment in Viral Suppression Among Transgender Women of Color Living with HIV’, AIDS and Behavior, 2019 <https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-019-02544-2>

Jae M. Sevelius, ‘Gender Affirmation: A Framework for Conceptualizing Risk Behavior Among Transgender Women of Color’, Sex Roles, 68.11–12 (2013), 675–89 <https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-012-0216-5>

Nancy Krieger, ‘Genders, Sexes, and Health: What Are the Connections—and Why Does It Matter?’, International Journal of Epidemiology, 32.4 (2003), 652–57 <https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyg156>

Sofia Gruskin, Edward J Mills, and Daniel Tarantola, ‘History, Principles, and Practice of Health and Human Rights’, The Lancet, 370.9585 (2007), 449–55 <https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61200-8>

Sofia Gruskin and others, ‘HIV and Gender-Based Violence: Welcome Policies and Programmes, but Is the Research Keeping Up?’, Reproductive Health Matters, 22.44 (2014), 174–84 <https://doi.org/10.1016/S0968-8080(14)44810-9>

Sofia Gruskin, ‘Tackling Violence and HIV/AIDS: Global Health Imperatives’, American Journal of Public Health, 101.6 (2011), 968–968 <https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300255>.

PrEP and HIV

Jae M. Sevelius and others, ‘“I Am Not a Man”: Trans-Specific Barriers and Facilitators to PrEP Acceptability among Transgender Women’, Global Public Health, 11.7–8 (2016), 1060–75 <https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2016.1154085>

Kimberly A. Koester and others, ‘“Losing the Phobia:” Understanding How HIV Pre Exposure Prophylaxis Facilitates Bridging the Serodivide Among Men Who Have Sex With Men’, Frontiers in Public Health, 6 (2018), 250 <https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2018.00250>;

Robert M. Grant and Kimberly A. Koester, ‘What People Want from Sex and Preexposure Prophylaxis’:, Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS, 11.1 (2016), 3–9 <https://doi.org/10.1097/COH.0000000000000216>.


Sun, 06/02/2019 - 3:42pm

Here are some links about Georg von Peuerbach from my introduction to Sophia's talk.