Georgia State professor wins NIH research grant

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say a professor has won a grant to study the potential links between early alcohol use and HIV in Africa.

GSU public health professor Monica Swahn has been awarded a two-year, $390,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role alcohol may play in young people acquiring HIV in Africa.

Swahn says she’s planning to use the grant to study alcohol use in Uganda and develop methods to reduce the extent to which early alcohol consumption raises the risk for HIV transmission among people between 12 and 18 years old.

Swahn says alcohol research in Africa has been scarce and alcohol consumption in the Sub-Saharan portion of the continent has been found to have links to unprotected sex and other health issues.

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