Research Activities

International Projects

  • Modeling of New HIV Infections Based on Exposure Groups in Sudan, using MOT model

We applied the MOT model to estimate the infections of HIV in each subgroups of Sudan’s population.

  • Population Size Estimation of People Who Inject Drugs in Georgia, 2015

This study was supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) under the project “Establishment of the evidence base for national HIV/AIDS program by strengthening of HIV/AIDS surveillance system in the country” (GEO-H-GPIC).

  • Population Size Estimation of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Georgia, 2014

The purpose of this study was to estimate the population size of MSM in Tbilisi, Georgia. We applied several methods, literature review, network scale-up (NSU), mobile/web apps multiplier, service and unique object multiplier, network-based capture-recapture, Handcock RDS-based and Wisdom of Crowd’s methods. This study was supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) under the project “Establishment of the evidence base for national HIV/AIDS program by strengthening of HIV/AIDS surveillance system in the country” (GEO-H-GPIC).

  • New Technology to Measure Spatial Movement and Social Interaction of PWIDs in San Francisco, USA

This was a pilot study of the new technology to measure spatial movement and social network interactions among injection drug users in San Francisco: ethics, feasibility, acceptability, and prevention research implications. It was supported by the UCSF Centre for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) as an Innovative Pilot Project.

National Projects (ongoing)

  • HIV Integrated Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) among Street/Working Children in Iran 2015

The current study is funded and implemented by employees and agents of UNICEF, Iran National AIDS Program, Iran Welfare Organization, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Regional Knowledge Hub and WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Surveillance, Global Health Sciences of the University of California at San Francisco, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

  • Second round of an Integrated Biological Behavioral Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) with Population Size Estimation using Facility Based Sampling among Female Sex Workers (FSW) in Iran, 2015

This study aimed to determine the trends in HIV/STI sero-prevalence and risk behaviors among FSW in Iran. A sample around 1600 FSWs will recruit to the study through facility-based or center-based method. UNDP and MOH (AIDS Office) will financially support this project.

Link to study protocol and questionnaire

  • Scaling up HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs towards Universal Access with Increasing the Partnership of Non-Government Sector to Support Iran’s Response in Controlling the Growth of HIV Prevalence and Incidence” (HIV/AIDS/Round8 phase 2 IRN/810/G04/H) – On-Site Data Verification, 2014-15

In line with HIV/AIDS Round 8 project work-plan and HIV/AIDS national strategic plan, the CDC and CCM intend to engage the services of an organization/firm to help strengthen their monitoring role through systematic and continuous monitoring of the performance of the above-mentioned project. This project has been financially supported by the grants of UNDP.

  • Estimation of size of alcohol and drug users, HIV positive cases, and Most at Risk Populations for HIV in Iran in 2014-15

The aim of this study is to estimate the size of hidden groups and the groups at high risk of HIV/AIDS and will be funded by the MOHME.

  • Estimation of prevalence of STIs-associated symptoms in Iran (prevalence of STI in Iran part 1), 2014-15

The main objective of this study is to provide a precise estimate of STIs prevalence in Iranian adults (18+). This project is supported financially by UNFPA and MOHME.

  • Standardization of STI diagnosis (prevalence of STI in Iran part 2), 2014-15

A calibration study adjusts syndromic diagnosis by doctors and midwifes according to etiologic identification of STIs. We will determine types and frequency of STIs in Iran using etiologic methods in laboratories to assess the relative contribution of the STI pathogens that cause STI syndromes in Iran. This study is financially supported by UNFPA and executive supported by MOHME.

  • Standardization of Verbal Autopsy Questionnaire in Iran, 2014-15

This study aims to assess and translate the validity and reliability of the verbal autopsy questionnaire. KUMS will support the project financially.

  • Estimation of size of alcohol and drug users, and risky sexual behaviors in students of universities of Kerman in 2014

The aim of this study is to provide an estimation for the size of alcohol and drug users and key population at risk of HIV/AIDS among students of universities of Kerman by two methods: NSU and direct method. This project is supported financially by MOHME.

  • Mode of Transmission (MOT) Project, 2015

The aim of this study is to estimate the number of new HIV infection and confidence intervals in various subgroups via Monte-Carlo simulation separately. This study will be financial supported by UNAIDS.

  • Spatio-temporal history of HIV-1 epidemic in Iran, 2015

This project aims to depict Spatio-temporal dynamic of HIV virus in Iran and is financially supported by KUMS and MOHME.

  • Assessment of cost-effectiveness of methadone maintenance treatment as an HIV prevention strategy among injecting drug users in Kerman, 2014-2015

This project is a cross-sectional study which will be done by an evaluation before and after the intervention without control group over a one-year period. This project is funded by SAPTO, MeHSHAD and MOHME.

  • Harm reduction study review in prisons, 2014

The objective of this activity is to create a good documentation of the existing HIV prevention activities in 10 prisons in different cities of Iran, as well as to find the gaps with possibility of more improvement.

  • National Consultancy for in-depth review and gap analysis and developing recommendations for national surveillance system for HIV/AIDS program in line with WHO standards and new guideline, 2015

The HIVHUB is expected to review and analyze current surveillance system of national HIV/AIDS program in the country and its performance regarding current national control program and strategies and expected output and outcomes in national and international level. Results of this project will advise on gaps and was of improvement of the current surveillance system. This project is supported by WHO.

National Projects (completed)

  • Third National Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Survey in PWIDs, 2014-15

The project is the third round of Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Survey among injecting drug users in Iran and is funded by the Global Fund under the HIV/AIDS – Round 8 project and is supported by the Ministry of Health.

  • Evaluating effectiveness of needle and syringe program on needle sharing and HIV transmission among people who inject drug (PWID) in Kermanshah, Iran: a genetic biomarker study, 2014-15

The objective of this study is to estimate the impact of needle and syringe programs (NSPs) on HIV incidence in PWID in Kermanshah, Iran, based on a genetic biomarker study in 2014. This project is funded by SAPTO, MeHSHAD and MOHME.

  • Modeling of HIV&AIDS in Iran, 2014

The forecasting of HIV incidence in different MARPs in Iran was estimated by deterministic models. The final report was published by MOHME.

  • Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of students toward sexually transmitted infections in 5 non-medical universities of Iran, 2014

The aim of this project was to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of students toward STIs in 5 different non-medical universities. MOHME supported this project.

  • Situation Analysis and Systematic Review of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice toward Sexually Transmitted Infections in Iran, 2014

This project was designed to review all available documentation on knowledge, attitude and practice regarding sexually transmitted infections and was financially supported by MOHME.

  • Situation Analysis and Systematic Review of Incidence, Prevalence and Complications of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Iran, 2014

This project aimed to review and investigate the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in Iranian population. MOHME supported this project financially.

  • A Qualitative study on Situation Analysis, University students’ knowledge and awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Needs assessment regarding convenient training programs in Iran, 2014

This study was developed to evaluate the current situation and acceptability of sexual relations among youth and was financially supported by MOHME.

  • Gathering a Database of National and Regional HIV Consultants for Future Plans

This study was carried out in order to develop a database of national and regional HIV&AIDS consultants and experts.