Brandon Brown, director of the Global Health Research, Education & Translation Program at UC Irvine, was a speaker this week at the Southern California Sexual Health Summit. His talk focused on HIV stigma as a potent stressor with immeasurable consequences and implications. UCI public health doctoral student Mariam Davtyan also spoke. Brown is working on several projects to reduce HIV’s stigma in Peru and Southern California. He’ll also appear at the Symposium on Gender Equity & Global Reproductive Health next month in San Diego, where he’ll address issues relating to forced sex among HIV-infected adolescents in Nigeria. In addition, he’ll serve as plenary speaker at the 27th annual HIV/AIDS on the Front Line conference April 16 at UC Irvine. Brown, who researches infectious diseases in developing countries, has worked on a large vaccination study with female sex workers in Peru and has ongoing studies of HPV, STDs and HIV in at-risk populations in South America.