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Associate Professor of Medicine


Infectious Diseases Epidemiology


MBBS: Nanjing Medical University, 2007; MS: Nanjing Medical University, 2010; PhD: University of California, Los Angeles, 2010-2014; Post-doc: University of North Carolina, 2014-2016


Research Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina 2016-2019; Professor: Southern Medical University, 2019-2021; Associate Director/ Director: University of North Carolina Project-China; Research Associate Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2021-present

Clinical Interests

I am the Co-Director of UNC Project-China, and the Advisor of SESH Global. My background training is in the field of epidemiology, with an emphasis on HIV/STI epidemiology, study design, and data analysis. My research focuses on promoting HIV/STI testing and healthy behavior change among key populations. Specifically, I am interested in using crowdsourcing and other participatory methods to enhance health services. In addition, I am also interested in digital health/telemedicine, especially in the evaluation of digital health.  I have co-authored on more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.

Selected Bibliography

Tang, W, Wu D, Yang F, Wang C, Gong W, Gray K, and Tucker J. “How kindness can be contagious in healthcare.” Nature medicine (2021): 1-3.

Sha Y, Marley G, Tang W. Need for transgender specific data from Asia. Lancet HIV. 21tlhiv0120.

Guo W, Ming F, Feng Y, Zhang Q, Mo P, Liu L, Gao M, Tang W, Liang K. Patterns of HIV and SARS-CoV-2 co-infection in Wuhan, China. J Int AIDS Soc. 2020 Jul;23(7):e25568. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25568. PMID: 32697865; PMCID: PMC7323012.

Yang F, Zhang TP, Tang W, Ong JJ, Alexander M, Forastiere L, Kumar N, Li KT, Zou F, Yang L, Mi G, Wang Y, Huang W, Lee A, Zhu W, Luo D, Vickerman P, Wu D, Yang B, Christakis NA, Tucker JD. Pay-it-forward gonorrhoea and chlamydia testing among men who have sex with men in China: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020 Aug;20(8):976-982. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30172-9. Epub 2020 Apr 28. PMID: 32530426

Zhou Y, Wu D, Jiang H, Tang W. Challenges and solutions for scaling up social media-based HIV self-testing: Author’s reply. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Aug 5:ciaa1108. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1108. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32756976.

Wu D, Zhou Y, Yang N, Huang S, He X, Tucker J, Li X, Smith K, Ritchwood T, Jiang X, Liu X, Wang Y, Huang W, Ong J, Fu H, Bao H, Pan S, Dai W, Tang W. Social media-based secondary distribution of HIV/syphilis self-testing among Chinese men who have sex with men. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jun 26:ciaa825. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa825. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32588883.

Tang W, Liao H, Marley G, Wang Z, Cheng W, Wu D, Yu R. The Changing Patterns of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China: A Tempogeographic Analysis of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Epidemic. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 28;71(15):818-824. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa423. PMID: 32296826; PMCID: PMC7184457.

Jiang H, Zhou Y, Tang W. Maintaining HIV care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet HIV. 2020 Apr 6;. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(20)30105-3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32272084.

Cao B, Bao H, Oppong E, Feng S, Smith KM, Tucker JD, Tang W. Digital health for sexually transmitted infection and HIV services: a global scoping review. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2020 Feb;33(1):44-50. doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000619. PubMed PMID: 31789695; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7152691.

Fitzpatrick T, Tang W, Mollan K, Pan X, Chan PL, Zhou K, Cheng Y, Li L, Wong WC, Tucker JD. A crowdsourced intervention to promote hepatitis B and C testing among men who have sex with men in China: A nationwide online randomized controlled trial. EClinicalMedicine. 2019 Nov;16:64-73. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2019.10.007. eCollection 2019 Nov. PubMed PMID: 31832621; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6890946.

Xu J, Tang W, Zhang F, Shang H. PrEP in China: choices are ahead. Lancet HIV. 2020 Mar;7(3):e155-e157. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(19)30293-0. Epub 2019 Aug 28. PubMed PMID: 31473165.

Tang W, Ritchwood TD, Wu D, Ong JJ, Wei C, Iwelunmor J, Tucker JD. Crowdsourcing to Improve HIV and Sexual Health Outcomes: a Scoping Review. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2019 Aug;16(4):270-278. doi: 10.1007/s11904-019-00448-3. Review. PubMed PMID: 31155691; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6635017.

Li KT, Tang W, Wu D, Huang W, Wu F, Lee A, Feng H, Pan SW, Han L, Mak V, Yang L, Tucker JD. Pay-it-forward strategy to enhance uptake of dual gonorrhea and chlamydia testing among men who have sex with men in China: a pragmatic, quasi-experimental study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2019 Jan;19(1):76-82. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30556-5. PubMed PMID: 30587296; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6347395.

Tang W, Wu D. Opportunities and challenges for HIV self-testing in China. Lancet HIV. 2018 Nov;5(11):e611-e612. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(18)30244-3. Epub 2018 Sep 10. PubMed PMID: 30213725.

Tang W, Wei C, Cao B, Wu D, Li KT, Lu H, Ma W, Kang D, Li H, Liao M, Mollan KR, Hudgens MG, Liu C, Huang W, Liu A, Zhang Y, Smith MK, Mitchell KM, Ong JJ, Fu H, Vickerman P, Yang L, Wang C, Zheng H, Yang B, Tucker JD. Crowdsourcing to expand HIV testing among men who have sex with men in China: A closed cohort stepped wedge cluster randomized controlled trial. PLoS Med. 2018 Aug;15(8):e1002645. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002645. eCollection 2018 Aug. PubMed PMID: 30153265; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6112627.

Wu D, Best LL, Stein G, Tang W, Tucker JD. Community participation in a Lancet Healthy Cities in China Commission. Lancet Planet Health. 2018 Jun;2(6):e241-e242. doi: 10.1016/S2542-5196(18)30083-4. PubMed PMID: 29880154

Qin Q, Guo W, Tang W, Mahapatra T, Wang L, Zhang N, Ding Z, Cai C, Cui Y, Sun J. Spatial Analysis of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China, 2006-2015. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Apr 1;64(7):956-963. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix031. PubMed PMID: 28362948; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5439342.

Tang W, Mao J, Tang S, Liu C, Mollan K, Cao B, Wong T, Zhang Y, Hudgens M, Qin Y, Han L, Ma B, Yang B, Ma W, Wei C, Tucker JD. Disclosure of sexual orientation to health professionals in China: results from an online cross-sectional study. J Int AIDS Soc. 2017 Feb 6;20(1):21416. doi: 10.7448/IAS.20.1.21416. PubMed PMID: 28361498; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5467583.

Tang W, Han L, Best J, Zhang Y, Mollan K, Kim J, Liu F, Hudgens M, Bayus B, Terris-Prestholt F, Galler S, Yang L, Peeling R, Volberding P, Ma B, Xu H, Yang B, Huang S, Fenton K, Wei C, Tucker JD. Crowdsourcing HIV Test Promotion Videos: A Noninferiority Randomized Controlled Trial in China. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jun 1;62(11):1436-1442. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw171. Epub 2016 Apr 29. PubMed PMID: 27129465; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4872295.

Xing J, Li YG, Tang W, Guo W, Ding Z, Ding G, Wang L, Qin Q, Xu Y, Qian S, Mahapatra T, Wang L. HIV/AIDS epidemic among older adults in China during 2005-2012: results from trend and spatial analysis. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Jul 15;59(2):e53-60. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu214. Epub 2014 Apr 3. PubMed PMID: 24700658; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4990827.

Yang HT, Tang W, Xiao ZP, Jiang N, Mahapatra T, Huan XP, Yin YP, Wang XL, Chen XS, Fu GF. Worsening epidemic of HIV and syphilis among men who have sex with men in Jiangsu Province, China. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Jun;58(12):1753-9. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu175. Epub 2014 Mar 18. PubMed PMID: 24647017; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4148606.


  • Infectious Diseases