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Vivian Colon Lopez

Faculty RankAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Puerto Rico
DepartmentSchool of Public Health
AddressUPR-Medical Sciences Campus
San Juan PR 936
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    Dr. Colón-López received her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy at the School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and Investigator at the UPR Cancer Center.

    Research interests include epidemiology of Human Papilloma Virus infection, and infectious disease malignancies among vulnerable populations such as MSM, and HIV positive individuals. She is currently the Co-Leader of the UPR/MDACC Outreach Program (NCI/NIH) and the Program Director of the Youth Prevention Program (SAMHSA)

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    1. Col?n-L?pez V, Alvelo-Fern?ndez PM, Centeno-Alvarado N, Agudelo Salas IY, Rol?n Col?n Y, Pab?n Mart?nez M, Rodr?guez-Lebr?n JL, Reyes-Pulliza JC. Seroprevalence and risk factors associated with hepatitis C: a cross-sectional study of persons who inject drugs in Puerto Rico, 2018. BMC Public Health. 2023 04 18; 23(1):704. PMID: 37072733.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    2. Col?n-L?pez V, Valencia-Torres IM, R?os EI, Llavona J, V?lez-?lamo C, Fern?ndez ME. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs About Colorectal Cancer Screening in Puerto Rico. J Cancer Educ. 2023 04; 38(2):552-561. PMID: 35359256.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    3. Col?n-L?pez V, Medina-Laabes DT, Abreu RS, D?az Miranda OL, Ortiz AP, Fern?ndez ME, Hull PC. Understanding parents' views toward the newly enacted HPV vaccine school entry policy in Puerto Rico: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health. 2021 10 25; 21(1):1938. PMID: 34696745.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    4. Col?n-L?pez V, Rivera-Figueroa V, Arroyo-Morales GO, Medina-Laabes DT, Soto-Abreu R, Rivera-Encarnaci?n M, D?az-Miranda OL, Ortiz AP, Wells KB, V?zquez-Otero C, Hull PC. Content analysis of digital media coverage of the human papillomavirus vaccine school-entry requirement policy in Puerto Rico. BMC Public Health. 2021 07 01; 21(1):1286. PMID: 34210308.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    5. Serra YA, Col?n-L?pez V, Savas LS, Vernon SW, Fern?ndez-Espada N, V?lez C, Ayala A, Fern?ndez ME. Using Intervention Mapping to Develop Health Education Components to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Puerto Rico. Front Public Health. 2017; 5:324. PMID: 29270400.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    
    6. Col?n-L?pez V, Gonz?lez D, V?lez C, Fern?ndez-Espada N, Feldman-Soler A, Ayala-Escobar K, Ayala-Mar?n AM, Soto-Salgado M, Calo WA, Pattatucci-Arag?n A, Rivera-D?az M, Fern?ndez ME. Community-Academic Partnership to Implement a Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Education Program in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2017 12; 36(4):191-197. PMID: 29220062.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    7. Col?n-L?pez V, Shiels MS, Machin M, Ortiz AP, Strickler H, Castle PE, Pfeiffer RM, Engels EA. Anal Cancer Risk Among People With HIV Infection in the United States. J Clin Oncol. 2018 01 01; 36(1):68-75. PMID: 29140774.
      Citations: 78     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    8. Col?n-L?pez V, Gonz?lez-Barrios D, De Le?n SM, Girona-Lozada G, Machin M, Charneco E, Frias-Bel?n O, Rom?n L, Ortiz AP. Population-Based Study of Tobacco Use Among People Living With HIV in Puerto Rico. Subst Use Misuse. 2018 02 23; 53(3):420-425. PMID: 28850293.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. de Le?n SM, S?nchez-D?az CT, Machin-Rivera M, Valencia-Torres IM, Rol?n Y, Col?n-L?pez V. Original title: HIV infection and unawareness among men who have sex with men in Puerto Rico: data from The National HIV behavioral surveillance system 2011-2014. Ethn Health. 2017 04 10; 24(2):211-223. PMID: 28393613.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Col?n-L?pez V, Miranda-De Le?n S, Machin-Rivera M, Marrero E, Rol?n-Col?n Y, Valencia-Torres IM, Su?rez E. Mortality Disparities among HIV+ Men and Women in Puerto Rico: Data from the HIV/AIDS Surveillance System 2003-2014. P R Health Sci J. 2017 03; 36(1):24-28. PMID: 28266696.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    11. Col?n-L?pez V, Fern?ndez-Espada N, V?lez C, Gonzalez VJ, Diaz-Toro EC, Calo WA, Savas LS, Pattatucci A, Fern?ndez ME. Communication about sex and HPV among Puerto Rican mothers and daughters. Ethn Health. 2017 08; 22(4):348-360. PMID: 27882783.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Col?n-L?pez V, Ortiz AP, P?rez N, Acevedo E, Tamayo V, Zorrilla CD. Measuring Knowledge of Cancer Screening and Prevention Strategies in HIV Healthcare Professionals. P R Health Sci J. 2016 09; 35(3):147-53. PMID: 27623140.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Soto-Salgado M, Col?n-L?pez V, Perez C, Mu?oz-Masso C, Marrero E, Su?rez E, Ortiz AP. Same-Sex Behavior and its Relationship with Sexual and Health-Related Practices Among a Population-Based Sample of Women in Puerto Rico: Implications for Cancer Prevention and Control. Int J Sex Health. 2016; 28(4):296-305. PMID: 28286595.
    14. Col?n-L?pez V, Toro-Mej?as LM, Conde-Toro A, Serra-Rivera MJ, Mart?nez TM, Rodr?guez V, R?os AM, Berdiel L, Villanueva H. Views on HPV and HPV Vaccination: The Experience at a Federal Qualified Clinic in Puerto Rico. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016; 27(3):1411-26. PMID: 27524776.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Col?n-L?pez V, Ortiz AP, Del Toro-Mej?as L, Clatts M, Dur?n-Guzm?n G, P?rez N, DaCosta M, Palefsky J. Prevalence and Correlates of Penile HPV Infection in a Clinic-Based Sample of Hispanic Males. P R Health Sci J. 2015 Sep; 34(3):128-34. PMID: 26356736.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    16. Col?n-L?pez V, Qui?ones V, Del Toro-Mej?as LM, Conde-Toro A, Serra-Rivera MJ, Mart?nez TM, Rodr?guez V, Berdiel L, Villanueva H. HPV Awareness and Vaccine Willingness Among Dominican Immigrant Parents Attending a Federal Qualified Health Clinic in Puerto Rico. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Aug; 17(4):1086-90. PMID: 25023490.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Calo WA, Fern?ndez ME, Fern?ndez-Espada N, Col?n-L?pez V. Exploring the role of ethnic identity on the attitudes towards HPV vaccine advertising among Puerto Ricans: a qualitative analysis. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Feb; 17(1):314-7. PMID: 24052477.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Fern?ndez ME, Le YC, Fern?ndez-Espada N, Calo WA, Savas LS, V?lez C, Aragon AP, Col?n-L?pez V. Knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among Puerto Rican mothers and daughters, 2010: a qualitative study. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Dec 04; 11:E212. PMID: 25474384.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Col?n-Ramos U, Finney Rutten LJ, Moser RP, Col?n-Lopez V, Ortiz AP, Yaroch AL. The association between fruit and vegetable intake, knowledge of the recommendations, and health information seeking within adults in the U.S. mainland and in Puerto Rico. J Health Commun. 2015; 20(1):105-11. PMID: 25204843.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    20. Colon-Lopez V, Ortiz AP, Soto-Salgado M, Torres-Cintr?n M, Perez N, Mercado-Acosta JJ, Guiot HM, Suarez E. Survival from anal cancer among Hispanics-Puerto Rico, 2000-2007. J Gastrointest Cancer. 2014 Jun; 45(2):234-8. PMID: 24699986.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Ortiz AP, P?rez-Irizarry J, Soto-Salgado M, Su?rez E, P?rez N, Cruz M, Palefsky J, Tortolero-Luna G, Miranda S, Col?n-L?pez V. Human papillomavirus-related cancers among people living with AIDS in Puerto Rico. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 May 15; 11:E80. PMID: 24831284.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    22. Calo WA, Ortiz AP, Colon-Lopez V, Krasny S, Tortolero-Luna G. Factors associated with perceived patient-provider communication quality among Puerto Ricans. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 May; 25(2):491-502. PMID: 24858864.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Ortiz AP, Ortiz-Ortiz KJ, Traverso-Ortiz M, R?os MY, Col?n-L?pez V, Palefsky JM. Anal cancer trends in Puerto Rico from 1985 to 2005: the potential impact of the AIDS epidemic. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2014 Apr; 28(4):165-7. PMID: 24660788.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    24. Colon-L?pez V, Qui?ones-Avila V, Del Toro-Mej?as LM, Reyes K, Rivera ME, Nieves K, S?nchez-Vazquez MM, Mart?nez-Ferrer M, Ortiz AP. Oral HPV infection in a clinic-based sample of Hispanic men. BMC Oral Health. 2014 Jan 24; 14:7. PMID: 24460642.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    25. Col?n-L?pez V, Ortiz AP, Del Toro-Mej?as L, Clatts MC, Palefsky JM. Epidemiology of anal HPV infection in high-risk men attending a sexually transmitted infection clinic in Puerto Rico. PLoS One. 2014; 9(1):e83209. PMID: 24400071.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    26. Ortiz AP, Guiot HM, D?az-Miranda OL, Rom?n L, Palefsky J, Col?n-L?pez V. Recognizing and treating anal cancer: training medical students and physicians in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Dec; 32(4):209-12. PMID: 24397221.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    27. Col?n-L?pez V, Banerjee G, Gertz AM, Ortiz AP, Calo W, Finney-Rutten LJ, Col?n-Ramos U, Hesse BW, Tortolero G. Behavioral correlates of fruit and vegetable intake in Puerto Rico: results from the Health Information National Trends Survey. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Dec; 32(4):194-9. PMID: 24397217.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    28. Col?n-L?pez V, Soto-Salgado M, Rodr?guez-D?az C, Su?rez EL, P?rez CM. Addressing Health Disparities among Men: Demographic, Behavioral and Clinical Characteristics of Men who have Sex with Men Living in Puerto Rico. Sex Res Social Policy. 2013 Sep 01; 10(3). PMID: 24288521.
    29. Col?n-L?pez V, Ortiz AP, Soto-Salgado M, Torres-Cintr?n M, Mercado-Acosta JJ, Su?rez E. Anal cancer incidence and mortality in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Jun; 32(2):76-81. PMID: 23781623.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Col?n-L?pez V, Ortiz AP, Banerjee G, Gertz AM, Garc?a H. HIV and syphilis infection among men attending a [corrected] sexually transmitted infection clinic in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Mar; 32(1):8-13. PMID: 23556260.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Col?n-L?pez V, Ortiz AP, Del Toro-Mej?as LM, Garc?a H, Clatts MC, Palefsky J. Awareness and knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection among high-risk men of Hispanic origin attending a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic. BMC Infect Dis. 2012 Dec 12; 12:346. PMID: 23231727.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Col?n-L?pez V, Del Toro-Mej?as LM, Ortiz AP, Tortolero-Luna G, Palefsky JM. HPV awareness and willingness to HPV vaccination among high-risk men attending an STI clinic in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2012 Dec; 31(4):227-31. PMID: 23844472.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Col?n-L?pez V, Ortiz AP, Soto-Salgado M, Torres-Cintr?n M, Pettaway CA, Puras-B?ez A, Mart?nez-Ferrer M, Su?rez E. Penile cancer disparities in Puerto Rican men as compared to the United States population. Int Braz J Urol. 2012 Nov-Dec; 38(6):728-38. PMID: 23302411.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Ortiz AP, Col?n-L?pez V, Girona-Lozada G, Botello-Harbaum MT, Sheon N, Guiot HM, Rom?n-Torres L, D?az-Santana MV, Miranda-De LS, Palefsky JM. Report of the 2012 capacity building for HIV-HPV clinical trials recruitment among minority underserved populations of Hispanic origin in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2012 Sep; 31(3):185-7. PMID: 23038895.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Soto-Salgado M, Su?rez E, Torres-Cintr?n M, Pettaway CA, Col?n V, Ortiz AP. Prostate cancer incidence and mortality among Puerto Ricans: an updated analysis comparing men in Puerto Rico with US racial/ethnic groups. P R Health Sci J. 2012 Sep; 31(3):107-13. PMID: 23038882.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Clatts MC, Goldsamt LA, Giang le M, Col?n-L?pez V. Accelerated transition to injection among male heroin initiates in Hanoi, Vietnam: implications for early harm reduction interventions. J Community Health. 2011 Dec; 36(6):999-1003. PMID: 21452028.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Clatts MC, Rodr?guez-D?az CE, Garc?a H, Vargas-Molina RL, Col?n-L?pez V, P?rez-Rios N, Goldsamt L, Jovet-Toledo GG. Sexually transmitted infections clinics as strategic venues for targeting high risk populations for HIV research and sexual health interventions. P R Health Sci J. 2011 Sep; 30(3):101-8. PMID: 21932709.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Col?n-L?pez V, Rodr?guez-D?az CE, Ortiz AP, Soto-Salgado M, Su?rez E, P?rez CM. HIV-related risk behaviors among a sample of men who have sex with men in Puerto Rico: an overview of substance use and sexual practices. P R Health Sci J. 2011 Jun; 30(2):65-8. PMID: 21682148.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Goldsamt LA, Clatts MC, Parker MM, Colon V, Hallack R, Messina MG. Prevalence of sexually acquired antiretroviral drug resistance in a community sample of HIV-positive men who have sex with men in New York City. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2011 May; 25(5):287-93. PMID: 21457055.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    40. Col?n-L?pez V, Ortiz AP, Palefsky J. Burden of human papillomavirus infection and related comorbidities in men: implications for research, disease prevention and health promotion among Hispanic men. P R Health Sci J. 2010 Sep; 29(3):232-40. PMID: 20799510.
      Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Clatts MC, Col?n-L?pez V, Giang LM, Goldsamt LA. Prevalence and incidence of HCV infection among Vietnam heroin users with recent onset of injection. J Urban Health. 2010 Mar; 87(2):278-291. PMID: 20041309.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Clatts M, Giang le M, Goldsamt L, Col?n-L?pez V. Nonmedical use of promethazine hydrochloride among heroin injectors in Vietnam: unrecognized risks and unintended consequences. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Mar; 45(4):515-27. PMID: 20141462.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    43. Col?n-L?pez V, Haan MN, Aiello AE, Ghosh D. The effect of age at migration on cardiovascular mortality among elderly Mexican immigrants. Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Jan; 19(1):8-14. PMID: 18922703.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. P?rez CM, Su?rez E, Torres EA, Rom?n K, Col?n V. Seroprevalence of hepatitis C virus and associated risk behaviours: a population-based study in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Int J Epidemiol. 2005 Jun; 34(3):593-9. PMID: 15802378.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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