Jemmott’s South African Intervention to Fight HIV Showcased in Research at Penn

A large-scale and interdisciplinary project by Professor John B. Jemmott, III and colleagues to encourage the use of condoms by South African Men is one of the featured research projects reported this year in Research at Penn: Advances in Knowledge from the University of Pennsylvania.

The annual publication showcases the eminent research across the University’s 12 schools during the past year.

“At Penn, research is aimed at expanding the frontiers of human achievement and understanding with the ultimate goal of improving the world,” Vincent Price, Penn Provost; and Dawn Bonnell, Vice Provost for Research, say in an introduction to the publication.

Professor Jemmott’s study, originally reported in American Journal of Public Health (Volume 104, Issue 2), was a large-scale human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) intervention/education effort aimed at helping South African men take a proactive role in the prevention of that disease. The successful intervention is an important development considering that country has the largest number of HIV infections in the world.

Copies of Research at Penn are being distributed throughout campus this week.