Lakshmi Ganapathi, M.B.,B.S.
Instructor in Pediatrics
Boston Children's Hospital
House Staff Lounge Pavillion Lobby
300 Longwood Ave
Boston MA 02115
I am a pediatric infectious diseases physician with clinical expertise in immunocompromised hosts infectious diseases. Additionally, I conduct research in India where I study factors influencing engagement in high-risk behaviors and health services utilization among young men who have sex with men and young injection drug users. I employ mixed-methods that include large cross-sectional database quantitative analyses as well as smaller qualitative studies. I have opportunities for students who may be interested in being involved with some of my smaller qualitative studies.
Available: 10/19/18, Expires: 10/31/20
Until September 2018, anal intercourse was a crime punishable by law in India. This law, along with cultural norms stipulating marriage to women has forced most men who have sex with men in India to remain hidden. Concealment of sexual identity has been shown to be associated with greater psychological stress as well as engagement in high-risk behaviors. Conversely, studies show that disclosure of sexual identity is associated with better health outcomes as well as access to health services. In September 2018, the Indian Supreme Court struck down S377A, the law criminalizing anal intercourse. In this qualitative study, we will explore the impact of decriminalization of anal intercourse on attitudes of young MSM towards sexual identity disclosure to family and health professionals. Students interested in this study will play key roles in literature review, design of qualitative survey, as well as data analysis. There may also be opportunities for travel to India.
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