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Dr Shema Tariq
Room 311
Centre for Clinical Research in Infection and Sexual Health
Mortimer Market Centre, Off Capper Street
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  • Clinical Research Fellow /Honorary Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV
  • Infection & Population Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I graduated in Medicine from Newcastle University in 1999 and have been working in Sexual Health and HIV since 2003, completing my specialist training in Genitourinary Medicine at Barts and the Royal London Hospitals in February 2014.

Alongside my clinical training I have pursued an academic career in Public Health.  I have Masters in both Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology, and a particular interest in combining quantitative and qualitative approaches in health services research.  In 2008 I was awarded an MRC research training fellowship to conduct my doctoral research at City University London, completing my PhD in 2013. Following completion of my PhD and my clinical training, I spent four months at the HIV Center (Columbia University, New York) on a Fulbright Scholarship, analysing quantitative and qualitative cohort data from South Africa on late diagnosis of HIV.

My interests are the health and well-being of women living with HIV; the impact of gender, migration and other structural factors on access to HIV care; the use of mixed-methods and interdisciplinary approaches in HIV research; and patient public involvement in research. During my PhD I explored African migrant women's engagement in HIV care during and after pregnancy in the UK.  I was also a co-investigator on the first ever UK study to examine intimate partner violence in women attending for HIV care.  In 2015 I came to the department on an NIHR postdoctoral fellowship, during which I developed and led the PRIME study (Positive tRansItions through the MEnopause, www.ucl.ac.uk/prime-study), a mixed-methods observational study exploring the menopause in women living with HIV.  

I am currently involved in a number of studies focusing on the health and well-being of women living with HIV across the life-course, as well as an EPSRC-funded collaboration with academic and non-academic partners looking at the use of patient-generated data in HIV.

I maintain a clinical role at Mortimer Market Centre as a consultant HIV and sexual health Physician.  I am a past Vice-Chair of the British HIV Association's Pregnancy Guidelines Writing Committee, Chair of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV's Lay Research Panel, and Trustee of Positively UK and Tommy's.

I am interested in supervising potential PhD students in the areas of HIV and women, and qualitative and/or mixed-methods approaches in sexual health and HIV research.

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Academic Background
2013   Doctor of Philosophy City, University of London
2009   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2008   Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine  
2006   Diploma Family Planning  
2005   Master of Science University College London
2002   MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examination  
1999   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery Newcastle University
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