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UW's Sun recipient of 2016 Global Health Institute Grant

April 14, 2016
UW-Madison's Shufang Sun is the recipient of a 2016 Global Health Institute Grant.

Sun is currently a doctoral student with the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology. 

The grant will fund $5,000 toward her project  titled, "HIV risk behavior, physical and mental health, and marriage among Chinese men who have sex with men: An examination based on the minority stress model."

According to the research project's abstract: "In the past decade, the HIV rate among Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM) has risen drastically, with an estimated incidence rate between 8 and 9.1 percent, accounting for a third of new HIV infections in China. In urban areas like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, & Guangzhou, MSM accounted for more than 70 percent of new HIV cases. The societal level of stigma associated with HIV and same-sex relationships/behaviors, as well as lack of sex education, HIV testing and HIV awareness, all contribute to the increasingly high prevalence of HIV infections among Chinese MSM."

The abstract continues: "The This study (a) explores the relevance of the minority stress theory to Chinese MSM, especially roles of minority stress factors such as discrimination, stigma, and homophobia in Chinese MSM’s HIV risk behaviors and mental health outcomes, (b) understand how sociocultural factors such as the pressure of forming a heterosexual marriage and cultural standard of filial piety impact Chinese MSM’s decision-making about marriage, and (c) Investigates sociocultural predictors of marital satisfaction, sexual behavior, and conflict for Chinese MSM involved in heterosexual marriages and, potentially, extramarital relationships."

The grant, awarded by UW-Madison's Global Health Institute, is a competitive grant program designed to support doctoral students pursuing work in any relevant discipline whose graduate work will enhance global activities on the UW-Madison campus and beyond.