Special Issue "Creating Scientific Evidence for HIV Prevention and Elimination in COVID-19 Era: Best Practices, Policies, and Methodological Approaches"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Gulzar H. Shah
Guest Editor
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8015, Statesboro, GA 30460, USA
Interests: HIV/AIDS services and programs; eHealth and public health informatics; data improvement tools; practice-based public health services and systems research (PHSSR); public health finances
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Dr. Stacy W. Smallwood
Guest Editor
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8015-1, Statesboro, GA 30460, USA
Interests: HIV prevention; rural health; HIV workforce; LGBTQ+ health; sexual health; pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); community engagement; social determinants of health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To guide HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs, and to assess and address issues facing persons living with HIV (PLHIV), this Special Issue aims to generate data-driven and practice-based evidence encompassing the best practices, lessons learned, and efficient strategies on all aspects of prevention and care of  PLHIV. The aim is to highlight issues facing PLHIV not simply relating to proper screening and availability of antiretroviral treatment (ART), but also covering concerns about interruptions in treatment and continued testing, such as loss to follow up and poor health outcomes emanating from broader social, economic, and cultural barriers to complete physical and behavioral health, including but not limited to housing, food security, transportation, protection against social stigma, and poor health behaviors. Issues and topics associated with COVID-19 in PLHIV may include: the use of HIV contact tracing infrastructure for  HIV/AIDS to support COVID-19 contact tracing;  interruptions in HIV care due to the burden of COVID-19 care; and intersecting stigma related to HIV, COVID-19, and mental health.

The Special Issue will showcase empirical studies, systematic reviews, and practice briefs on all aspects pertaining to health and well-being of persons with HIV/AIDS. The studies will target broad audiences as the readers and beneficiaries of the study findings, including but not limited to individuals with risk of HIV infection, PWHIV, clinical practitioners and public health programs engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Articles of high interest to the Special Issue readership will cover practice-relevant topics such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake among vulnerable populations; psychosocial determinants of PrEP use; HIV/AIDS prevention and care for youth, and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), HIV vertical transmission, and testing, treatment, and viral load suppression among children living with HIV; health outcomes, such as death, loss to follow up and WHO clinical stages of persons living with HIV/AIDS; HIV-TB and other co-infections among persons with HIV; community-level environmental impacts of HIV; and elimination of health inequities and socio-economic berries to HIV prevention and care. Research and practice reports representing multidisciplinary perspectives including public health, public policy, social and behavioral health, nursing, clinical care, and program planning and development will receive preference.

Prof. Dr. Gulzar H. Shah
Dr. Stacy W. Smallwood
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • HIV-associate social stigma, HIV/AIDS prevention
  • pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake
  • psychosocial determinants of PrEP use
  • HIV/AIDS care
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), HIV vertical transmission, HIV viral load suppression
  • HIV/AIHS health outcomes, loss to follow up
  • WHO clinical stages
  • HIV-TB co-infections
  • health inequities
  • HIV and COVID-19 Contact tracing
  • COVID-19-related interruptions in HIV care
  • Intersecting stigma related to HIV and COVID-19/mental health

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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