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Biography of Kawango AGOT

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Dr Kawango Agot ( Kenyane Doctor).  She is the Project Coordinator and Co-Investigator of a collaborative research project of the Universities of Nairobi, Illinois and Manitoba (UNIM). The study is investigating the association between Male Circumcision and HIV infection among young men in Kisumu, Kenya. She is also a Principal Investigator of several studies, including a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded prospective cohort study of the association between HIV infection and the cultural practice of widow inheritance among the Luo ethnic community in Kenya, and a study on the promotion of Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing among the youth in Nyanza Province, Kenya, funded by the Social Science Research Council. In addition, Dr. Agot is a co-investigator of a study on Behavioral Disinhibition associated with Male Circumcision in Kisumu District, Kenya, supported by the Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH. She is also consulting for a study: Phase III Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial of HSV-2 Suppression to Prevent HIV Transmission Among HIV-Discordant Partners. The study is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Agot received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Nairobi, Kenya in 1984 and a MPhil in Medical Geography from Moi University, Kenya in 1991. She joined Moi University in 1992 as a Lecturer of Medical Geography. In 1996, Dr. Agot received a Fulbright Junior Staff Development Fellowship to pursue a PhD in Medical Geography and a concurrent MPH in Epidemiology (International Health Program) at the University of Washington, Seattle, completing both programs in 2001. She received additional funding from the FIC/NIH, through the International AIDS Research and Training Program (IARTP) of the University of Washington and the International Peace Scholarship of the Philanthropic and Educational Organization (PEO/IPS). Her major research interest is in risk factors for HIV infection and transmission, particularly those that touch on women and cultural practices in Kenya, and Africa at large.

Selected Publications:
Agot KE, Ndinya-Achola JO, Kreiss JK, Weiss NS. HIV-1 in rural Kenya: a comparison of circumcised and uncircumcised men. Epidemiology. 2004;15(2):157-163

Agot KE. HIV/AIDS interventions and the politics of the African woman's body. In: T. Sieger & L. Nelson (eds). A Companion to Feminist Geography. London: McMillan Publishers (accepted; forthcoming in October 2004)

Agot, KE. Effects of the Home and School Environments on the Development of Spatial Interaction in Kenyan Children: A Gender-Focused Study. Journal of the Geographical Association of Tanzania. 2000;


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