Bongiwe Zulu's research while affiliated with University of the Witwatersrand and other places

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Background: Young women and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Non-binary/no gender, or Questioning (LGBTQ+) youth in South Africa face some of the highest global levels of intimate partner violence (IPV). Given limited evidence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has fuelled IPV globally, we aimed to describe and compare experiences and perpet...
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Efforts to advance sexual health globally require greater understandings of youth intimate relationship dynamics. Among 38 South African youth (21 women/17 men aged 21-30 from Durban and Soweto) we conducted qualitative cognitive interviews to explore how gender and power intersect to shape intimate relationship dynamics (October 2019-March 2021)....
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Steroid-releasing vaginal rings are available for contraception and estrogen replacement therapy, and a new antiretroviral-releasing ring was recently approved for HIV prevention. Marketed rings are white or transparent in appearance, non-scented, and supplied as one-size-fits-all devices with diameters ranging from 54 to 56 mm. In this study, drug...
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Objective: The primary objective of this research was to evaluate long-term user acceptability of menstrual cups in a student population in South Africa. Methods: A cohort of female students aged 18-24 years attending 10 further education institutions including 22 campus sites in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, were offered menstrual cups after rec...
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Background Understanding of the facilitators and challenges to female condom (FC) uptake has been limited due to lack of evaluation of national FC programmes. Setting The FC has been an integral component of South Africa’s (SA) HIV prevention programme for 20 years and is the largest government-funded FC programme worldwide. Methods The national...
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South Africa (SA) has an integrated male and female condom (FC) programme. Since 2014, the programme has introduced two new FC brands. This study evaluated the early introduction of the availability of new FCs. Twenty-three sites participating in the National SA Female Condom Evaluation were included. Providers and clients completed interviewer-adm...

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... This was despite, as reported above by the combined group, some girls chosing not to wear it at all, or reported hesitancy in using it. Both factors have been reported elsewhere [48][49][50]. Many qualitative studies document that girls absent themselves from school during their menses for a variety of reasons including menstrual pain, having suitable WASH facilities or time to change their absorbent [20,23,24,51]. ...
... Another perceived disadvantage mentioned by participants was that the higher cost of female condoms compared to male condoms, coupled with its limited availability, makes it inaccessible in resource constrained settings such as India. This was also a re-emerging theme presented by other researchers from Zambia and South Africa [6,36,37]. Thus, although female condoms have been introduced in many countries, their supply and uptake in developing nations hardest hit by HIV, and with high rates of abortions is largely inadequate [38]. ...
... The HIV technologies investigated in the included studies were largely focused on PrEP and HIV testing, perhaps reflecting trends in HIV funding and research priorities [110]. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, for example, in its many modalities, such as the oral pill, long-acting injectable, intravaginal device, or topical microbicide gel, accounted for one in three of the studies. ...