Dr. Argentina Servin

Dr. Servin is a bilingual and bicultural clinician-researcher trained in preventive medicine, infectious disease and clinical epidemiology. Her work has included assessing sexual and reproductive health education and health service utilization among vulnerable underserved populations living in the U.S.-Mexico border region. For the past two years, specifically, she has focused her research on sexual violence, substance abuse and HIV/STI risk, among at-risk youth, female sex workers (FSWs), children of FSWs, and people who inject drugs (PWID) in the U.S., Mexico and Central America. Additionally, Dr. Servin holds a shared appointment at Centro de Estudios Universitarios Xochicalco, in the School of Medicine in Mexico where she conducts similar research that she combines with her clinical work in an urban community health center in Tijuana.

Select peer-reviewed publications

1. Reed E, Erausquin JT, Biradavolu M, Servin AE, Blankenship K. Non-barrier contraceptive use and relation to condom use behaviour by partner type among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. (2015) Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print]
2. Silverman JG, Servin A, Goldenberg SM, Magis-Rodriguez C, Ritter J, Raj A, Brouwer KC. Sexual Violence and HIV infection Associated With Adolescent vs Adult Entry Into the Sex Trade in Mexico. JAMA. 2015 Aug; 314 (5):516-8.
3. Servin AE, Brouwer KC, Gordon L, Rocha-Jimenez T, Staines H, Strathdee SA, Silverman JG. "Vulnerability Factors and Pathways Leading to Underage Entry into Sex Work in two Mexican-US Border Cities.  Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk. Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 3.
4. Servin AE, Strathdee SA, Muñoz FA, Rangel MG, Vera A, Silverman JG. Vulnerabilities faced by the children of sex workers in two Mexico - US border cities: a retrospective study on sexual violence, substance use and HIV risk. AIDS Care. (2014) Aug 13:1-5. [Epub ahead of print]
5. Servin AE, Muñoz FA, Zúñiga ML. Healthcare provider perspectives on barriers to HIV-care access and utilisation among Latinos living with HIV in the US-Mexico border. Culture, health & sexuality. (2014) 16(5):587-99. PubMed PMID: 24592920.
6. Muñoz FA, Servin AE, Garfein RS, Ojeda VD, Kozo J, Rangel MG, Zuñiga ML. Deportation History Among HIV-Positive Latinos in Two US-Mexico Border Communities. Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health. (2013). PubMed PMID: 24136247
7. Rolon ML, Syvertsen JL, Robertson AM, Rangel MG, Martinez G, Ulibarri MD, Servin A, Strathdee SA. The influence of having children on HIV-related risk behaviors of female sex workers and their intimate male partners in two Mexico-US border cities. Journal of tropical pediatrics. (2013) 59(3):214-9. PubMed PMID: 23418131.
8. Muñoz FA, Servin AE, Scolari R, Kozo J, Zúñiga ML. A binational comparison of HIV
provider attitudes towards the use of complementary and alternative medicine among HIV-positive Latino patients receiving care in the US-Mexico border region. AIDS Care. (2013) 25(8):990-7. PubMed PMID: 23088506.
9. Servin AE, Muñoz FA, Strathdee SA, Kozo J, Zúñiga ML. Choosing sides: HIV health care practices among shared populations of HIV-positive Latinos living near the US-Mexico border. Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. (2012) 11(6):348-55. PubMed PMID: 22930794.

Active Projects by region

•    “Jardines Verdes: Microfinance Businesses to Prevent Obesity and Related Health Conditions among Latinos in San Diego” (Co-Investigator). Funded by the UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute (CTRI)
•    “STI Risk and Violence among Adolescent Females” (Co-Investigator) Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (5R21 HD073610-02; PI: Reed).

U.S. – Mexico border region
•    “Epidemiology of Sex Trafficking, Drug Use and HIV at the U.S.-Mexico Border” (Co-Investigator). Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (R01DA033194; PI: Silverman)  
•    “Preventing IPV and Reproductive Coercion among Underserved Adolescents” (Principal Investigator). Funded by NICHD (1K23HD084756-01A1)
•    “Adapting an intervention to reduce Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Commercial Exploitation of Adolescent Girls in Mexico” (Principal Investigator). Funded by the Research Program on Migration and Health (PIMSA) through the Health Initiative of the Americas         

Mexico – Guatemala border region
•    “Estimating sexual violence and HIV/STI risk and infection among female migrants at the Mexico-Guatemala border” (Principal Investigator). Funded by the UCSD Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) (5P30AI036214-21)
•     “Labor exploitation of Migrant Women on Mexico’s southern border” (Principal Investigator). Funded by the World Bank.