Dr. Yarber is a prominent AIDS/STD prevention researcher. He has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific reports on sexual risk behavior and AIDS/STD prevention in professional journals and has received over $3.5 million in federal grants and state awards to support his research and AIDS/STD prevention efforts. He has also been a consultant to the World Health Organization Global Program on AIDS as well as sexuality and HIV/STI-related organizations in Brazil, China, Jamaica, Poland, Portugal, and Taiwan.
Dr. Yarber is a member of the the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (CURT) comprised of researchers from Indiana University, University of Kentucky, University of Guelph (Canada), and University of Southampton (United Kingdom). For over 16 years, with federal and institutional research support, CURT has investigated male condom use errors and problems and has developed behavioral interventions designed to improve correct and consistent condom use.
Dr. Yarber regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human sexuality. He also chaired the National Guidelines Task Force, which developed the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten–12th Grade (1991, 1996, 2004), published by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and adapted in six countries worldwide. He has endowed at Indiana University, for perpetuity, the world’s first professorship in sexual health, the William L. Yarber Professorship in Sexual Health. He also endowed the Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture Series.
Dr. Yarber is the lead author of the human sexuality textbook, Yarber, W. L., Sayad, B. (2016). Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, (9th ed., 63 pp.), New York: McGraw-Hill. This text is used in over 300 colleges and universities in the US and has been published in China and Korea.