Dr. Heather A. Pines

Heather Pines 
Heather A. Pines, MPH, PhD, is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Pines received her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Immunology from the University of California, Berkeley, her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. With almost 10 years of experience working with diverse HIV/STI affected populations worldwide, Dr. Pines’ research focuses on HIV/STI epidemiology, sexual and substance use behaviors associated with HIV/STI acquisition, and sexual and HIV transmission networks. Dr. Pines’ current research agenda aims to guide the development of high-impact, HIV/STI prevention programs for high-risk populations, and a major focus of her work lies in understanding the influence of individual and contextual factors on the potential uptake of biomedical HIV prevention strategies, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to plan for their implementation among men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSWs). Dr. Pines is currently leading a study to characterize sexual networks among MSM in Tijuana, Mexico to inform targeted PrEP delivery strategies for this vulnerable population. She is also leading a study designed to assess the acceptability of PrEP among FSWs in two Mexico-US border cities to advance the development and implementation of PrEP products that are acceptable to FSWs along the Mexico-US border.

Email: hpines@ucsd.edu


  • Pines HA, Wertheim JO, Liu L, Garfein RS, Little SJ, Karris MY. Concurrency and HIV transmission network characteristics among MSM with recent HIV infection. AIDS. 2016;30(18):2875-83.
  • Pines HA, Goodman-Meza D, Pitpitan EV, Torres K, Semple SJ, Patterson TL. HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Tijuana, Mexico: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2016;6(2):e010388.
  • Pines HA, Patterson TL, Rangel G, Martinez G, Robertson AM, Ulibarri MD, Syvertsen JL, Martin NK, Strathdee SA. STI/HIV test result disclosure between female sex workers and their primary, non-commercial male partners in two Mexico-US border cities: a prospective study. Sex Trans Infect. 2015;91(3)207-13.
  • Pines HA, Gorbach PM, Weiss RE, Shoptaw S, Landovitz RJ, Javanbakht M, Ostrow DG, Stall RD, Plankey M. Sexual risk trajectories among MSM in the United States: implications for pre-exposure prophylaxis delivery. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014;65(5):579-86.
  • Pines HA, Gorbach PM, Weiss RE, Hess K, Murphy R, Saunders T, Brown J, Anton PA, Cranston RD. Acceptability of potential rectal microbicide delivery systems for HIV prevention: a randomized crossover trial. AIDS Behav. 2013;17(3):1002-15.


Sexual Networks and HIV Transmission Clusters among Substance Using MSM (Proyecto Redes)
Funding Source: NIDA K01 DA040543

PrEP Preparedness Study among Female Sex Workers in the Mexico-US Border Region (Proyecto PrEParado) Funding Source: University of California, San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

HIV Co-Infection with STIs among MSM in Tijuana, Mexico
Funding Source: University of California, San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)