Rachel Kaplan, PhD, MPH

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  • Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor


My research focus is international HIV prevention and treatment among key populations. Specifically, I am interested in the intersections of risk, gender, sexuality, conflict, and health in the Middle East and North Africa. My current work seeks to determine potential strategies for addressing health disparities among trans women in Lebanon.

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  1. Kaplan RL, El Khoury C, Lize N. Discussions about the health of women should include transgender women. Lancet Public Health. 2018 Jun; 3(6):e269. View on Pubmed
  2. Kaplan, R.L. & El Khoury, C.. The elephants in the room: Sex, HIV, and LGBT populations in MENA. Intersectionality in Lebanon. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2017; (6). View on Pubmed
  3. Kaplan RL, El Khoury C. The Elephants in the Room: Sex, HIV, and LGBT Populations in MENA. Intersectionality in Lebanon Comment on "Improving the Quality and Quantity of HIV Data in the Middle East and North Africa: Key Challenges and Ways Forward". Int J Health Policy Manag. 2016 Dec 04; 6(8):477-479. View on Pubmed
  4. Kaplan RL, McGowan J, Wagner GJ. HIV prevalence and demographic determinants of condomless receptive anal intercourse among trans feminine individuals in Beirut, Lebanon. J Int AIDS Soc. 2016; 19(3 Suppl 2):20787. View on Pubmed
  5. Kaplan RL, Khoury CE, Field ERS, Mokhbat J. Living Day by Day: The Meaning of Living With HIV/AIDS Among Women in Lebanon. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2016 Jan-Dec; 3:2333393616650082. View on Pubmed
  6. Kaplan RL, Nehme S, Aunon F, de Vries D, Wagner G. Suicide risk factors among trans feminine individuals in Lebanon. Int J Transgend. 2016; 17(1):23-30. View on Pubmed
  7. Reback CJ, Kaplan RL, Bettcher TM, Larkins S. The role of the illusion in the construction of erotic desire: narratives from heterosexual men who have occasional sex with transgender women. Cult Health Sex. 2016 08; 18(8):951-63. View on Pubmed
  8. Kaplan RL, Sevelius J, Ribeiro K. In the name of brevity: The problem with binary HIV risk categories. Glob Public Health. 2016 Aug-Sep; 11(7-8):824-34. View on Pubmed
  9. Reback CJ, Kaplan RL, Larkins S. Disclosure of Male Sexual Partnering and HIV Serostatus Among a Sample of Heterosexually Identified Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women. AIDS Educ Prev. 2015 Jun; 27(3):227-39. View on Pubmed
  10. Aunon FM, Wagner GJ, Maher R, Khouri D, Kaplan RL, Mokhbat J. An Exploratory Study of HIV Risk Behaviors and Testing among Male Sex Workers in Beirut, Lebanon. Soc Work Public Health. 2015; 30(4):373-84. View on Pubmed
  11. Kaplan RL, Wagner GJ, Nehme S, Aunon F, Khouri D, Mokhbat J. Forms of Safety and Their Impact on Health: An Exploration of HIV/AIDS-Related Risk and Resilience Among Trans Women in Lebanon. Health Care Women Int. 2015; 36(8):917-35. View on Pubmed
  12. Wagner GJ, Aunon FM, Kaplan RL, Karam R, Khouri D, Tohme J, Mokhbat J. Sexual stigma, psychological well-being and social engagement among men who have sex with men in Beirut, Lebanon. Cult Health Sex. 2013; 15(5):570-82.
  13. Klein H, Kaplan RL. Condom use attitudes and HIV risk among American MSM seeking partners for unprotected sex via the internet. Int Public Health J. 2012 Oct-Dec; 4(4):419-434. View on Pubmed
  14. Wagner GJ, Aunon FM, Kaplan RL, Rana Y, Khouri D, Tohme J, Mokhbat J. A qualitative exploration of sexual risk and HIV testing behaviors among men who have sex with men in Beirut, Lebanon. PLoS One. 2012; 7(9):e45566.
  15. Klein, H. & Kaplan, R.L.. Condom use attitudes and HIV risk among American MSM seeking partners for unprotected sex via the internet. International Public Health Journal. 2012; 4:419-433.
  16. Linos, N., Khawaja, M., & Kaplan, R.L.. Women's acceptance of spousal abuse in Iraq: Prevalence rates and the role of female empowerment characteristics. Journal of Family Violence. 2012; 27:625-633.
  17. Brooks RA, Landovitz RJ, Kaplan RL, Lieber E, Lee SJ, Barkley TW. Sexual risk behaviors and acceptability of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among HIV-negative gay and bisexual men in serodiscordant relationships: a mixed methods study. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2012 Feb; 26(2):87-94.
  18. Kaplan RL, Khawaja M, Linos N. Husband's control and sexual coercion within marriage: findings from a population-based survey in Egypt. Violence Against Women. 2011 Nov; 17(11):1465-79.
  19. Mumtaz G, Hilmi N, McFarland W, Kaplan RL, Akala FA, Semini I, Riedner G, Tawil O, Wilson D, Abu-Raddad LJ. Are HIV epidemics among men who have sex with men emerging in the Middle East and North Africa?: a systematic review and data synthesis. PLoS Med. 2010 Aug; 8(8):e1000444.
  20. Brooks RA, Kaplan RL, Lieber E, Landovitz RJ, Lee SJ, Leibowitz AA. Motivators, concerns, and barriers to adoption of preexposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men in HIV-serodiscordant male relationships. AIDS Care. 2011 Sep; 23(9):1136-45.
  21. Kaplan, R.L.. Caregiving mothers of children with impairments: Coping and support in Russia. Disability and Society. 2010; 25:715-729.
  22. Chibber KS, Kaplan RL, Padian NS, Anderson SJ, Ling PM, Acharya N, Van Dyke C, Krishnan S. A common pathway toward women's health. Glob Public Health. 2008; 3(1):26-38.