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Name: Lakeshia Watson

Position Title: HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Intern

Location: United States

Technical Expertise: HIV/AIDS,Social and Behavior Change,Epidemiology

Scope of Work

Lakeshia Watson is the HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Intern. She works in USAID's Global Health Bureau (GH), in the Prevention, Care and Treatment Division (PCT) of the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA).


Lakeshia is currently a PhD student in epidemiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests focus on utilizing a social epidemiological framework to understand the multilevel, social, and structural determinants of HIV among key populations within the global context. She aspires to use her research to inform policies that affect those living with HIV and those living in communities characterized by high HIV diagnoses. Additionally, she aspires to use her research to provide greater insight into the development of tailored prevention and care resources that address structural and social determinants of HIV. Before starting her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, Lakeshia served as an epidemiological research fellow in the HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, Lakeshia assisted with HIV surveillance activities including serving as lead author on two of CDC’s national HIV surveillance supplemental reports. Her experience at the CDC allowed her to gain insight on how a federal agency monitors state and local surveillance activities and conduct national research to further understand and characterize HIV/AIDS and its determinants in the United States.