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Ariane van der Straten

Senior Fellow, Director, Women’s Global Health Imperative

Ariane van der Straten, PhD, is an expert in female-initiated HIV-prevention methods. Her research focuses on acceptability and adherence to new biomedical HIV-prevention methods and multipurpose technologies for contraception and HIV prevention.

She has led or participated in the development and implementation of major research projects in Africa and the U.S., including clinical trials of diaphragm and gel, oral, and vagina Tenofovir-based pre-exposure prophylaxis and vaginal rings. Dr. van der Straten has also led several studies focusing on adherence-related issues in the context of prevention trials.

Currently, she is working on a large multidisciplinary project to develop and test the use of a long-lasting, injectable, biodegradable, HIV-prevention device.

In addition, Dr. van der Straten serves as an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco.


MPH, Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health; PhD, Zoology (summa cum laude), University of Brussels, Laboratory of Genetics; BS (summa cum laude), Zoology-Molecular Biology, University of Louvain, Belgium.

Latest Publications

Marrazzo, J.M., Ramjee, G., Richardson, B.A., Gomez, K., Mgodi, N., Nair, G., Palanee, T., Nakabiito, C., van der Straten, A., et al. (2015). Tenofovir-based preexposure prophylaxis for HIV infection among African women. New England Journal of Medicine, 372 (6):509-518.
Morrison, C.S., Chen, P.L., Kwok, C., Baeten, J.M., Brown, J., Crook, A.M., Van Damme, L., Delany-Moretlwe, S., Francis, S.C., Friedland, B.A., Hayes, R.J., Heffron, R., Kapiga, S., Karim, Q.A., Karpoff, S., Kaul, R., McClelland, R.S., McCormack, S., McGrath, N., Myer, L., Rees, H., van der Straten, A., et al. (2015). Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of HIV Acquisition: An Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine, 12 (1):e1001778.
Montgomery, E.T., van der Straten, A., Stadler, J., Hartmann, M., Magazi, B., Mathebula, F., et al. (2014). Male Partner Influence on Women's HIV Prevention Trial Participation and Use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis: The Importance of 'Understanding'. AIDS and Behavior, Advance Online Publication .
van der Straten, A., Mayo, A., Brown, E.R., Amico, K.R., Cheng, H., Laborde, N., et al. (2014). Perceptions and Experiences with the VOICE Adherence Strengthening Program (VASP) in the MTN-003 Trial. AIDS and Behavior, Advance Online Publication .
van der Straten, A., Stadler, J., Luecke, E., Laborde, N., Hartmann, M., & Montgomery, E.T. (2014). Perspectives on use of oral and vaginal antiretrovirals for HIV prevention: The VOICE-C qualitative study in Johannesburg, South Africa. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 17 (3 Suppl 2):19146.
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  • Female-Initiated HIV Prevention Methods: Microbicides, Barrier Methods, and PrEP
  • Acceptability, Adherence, and Their Measurement
  • Clinical Trials
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods