Gulu Sexual Health Project

The Gulu Sexual Health Project is a collaboration between CGSHE faculty and Ugandan research and community partners in the conflict-affected Gulu region of Northern Uganda. Since 2009, this project has conducted three studies, including a qualitative exploration of the political, economic, cultural, and social transitions within the post-conflict environment and systemic violence experiences shaping HAART, HIV care, and disclosure among women living with HIV.

The project has also conducted a mixed methods study of the HIV risk environment of youth and adult sex workers in bars, truck stops, lodges, and former internally displaced persons camps across Gulu District as well as a pilot venue-based, peer outreach and voluntary HIV testing intervention with The AIDS Support Organization. This research continues to be disseminated through community, policy, and academic venues with the aim of informing gender-focused HIV prevention, treatment, and care for youth and women living with and at risk of HIV in post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa settings.

Research Objectives

The focus of the Gulu Sexual Health Project has been on conducting exploratory research on lived experiences relating to violence, sexual and reproductive health, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and access to care among conflict-affected women living with HIV, youth, and adult sex workers in post-conflict Gulu District of northern Uganda.

About Gulu Sexual Health


Principal Investigators: Dr. Kate Shannon, Dr. Josephine Birungi


The AIDS Support Organization (TASO)


Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team Grant on Gender, Violence and HIV