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Talk About It

Written by Cara J. Hayden

Pitt researcher Sharon Hillier is dedicated to finding ways to prevent the spread of HIV in women, a line of research that often requires her to confront taboo topics. Her daughter, in fact, once told a teacher, “My mom works on the kinds of infections nobody wants to get and nobody wants to talk about.” For her groundbreaking work, Hillier received the Thomas Parran Award in July from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association at an international conference in London, where she also delivered a lecture. She’s a professor, vice chair for faculty affairs, and director of reproductive infectious disease research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences in the School of Medicine.