Mamakiri Mulaudzi's research while affiliated with University of the Witwatersrand and other places

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While vaccines are a well-established method of controlling the spread of infectious diseases, vaccine hesitancy jeopardizes curbing the spread of COVID-19. Through the Vaccine Information Network (VIN), this study explored barriers and motivators to COVID-19 vaccine uptake. We conducted 18 focus group discussions with male and female community mem...
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Community engagement increases community trust of research and improves trial participation. However, there is limited documented appraisal of community engagement practices. Several HIV vaccine efficacy trials have been conducted in South Africa, the country most affected by HIV, predominantly in collaboration with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (...
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Introduction: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) carries the burden of the HIV epidemic, especially among adolescents and young people (AYP). Little is known about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake and preferences among AYP in SSA. We describe preferences for daily and on-demand PrEP among AYP in South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Methods: A cross-se...
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Background: Assessment of sexual risk behavior among youths is crucial for HIV prevention strategies. However, the literature on sexual behavior in youth during the COVID-19 pandemic is sparse. Aim: This study surveyed sexual risk behavior among youth in Soweto, South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic national lockdown in 2020. Methods: We c...
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Background The ubiquity of cellular phone (cellphone) use in young people’s daily lives has emerged as a priority area of concern for youth mental health. Objective This study measured the prevalence of depression and its association with high cellphone use among youth in Soweto and Durban, South Africa. Methods We analysed cross-sectional, basel...
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Background: Accurate self-report of sexual behavior assists in identifying potential HIV exposure in HIV prevention trials. Brief mobile phone assessments, completed daily or after sexual activity, can improve the validity and reliability of self-reported sexual behavior and allow for remote survey completion outside of the clinic setting. We condu...
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Background The uptake and adherence of daily oral PrEP has been poor in high-risk populations in South Africa including young people. We used qualitative research methods to explore user preferences for daily and on-demand oral PrEP use among young South Africans, and to inform the identification of critical attributes and attribute-levels for quan...
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Background The uptake and adherence of daily oral PrEP has been poor in high-risk populations in South Africa including young people. We used qualitative research methods to explore user preferences for daily and on-demand oral PrEP use among young South Africans, and to inform the identification of critical attributes and attribute-levels for quan...
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Background Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) was approved for use in South Africa (SA) in 2017. The uptake and adherence of daily oral PrEP has been poor in high-risk populations in SA including adults and young people. We used a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) technique to identify critical attributes and attribute-levels to understand user pr...
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Background: Adolescents in South Africa remain vulnerable to HIV. Therefore, it is crucial to provide accessible adolescent-friendly HIV prevention interventions that are sensitive to their needs. This study aimed to investigate the perceptions of HIV counsellors and other youth-serving professionals about the barriers to providing adolescent yout...

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... Within high-risk groups, men who have sex with men (MSM) have the highest prevalence, at least 20 times higher than the general population (Stuardo, 2017;Diaz et al., 2019;Kabapy et al., 2020). The main way of HIV transmission is sexual risk behaviors (SRB) (Martinez et al., 2016;Luz et al., 2019;Coelho et al., 2021;Mulaudzi et al., 2022;Wei et al., 2022). Understood as sexual situations or practices that generate harm to one's or others' sexual health, for example, (1) sexual activity with multiple partners (Sönmez et al., 2021;Dong et al., 2022), (2) absence or misuse of condoms (Closson et al., 2018;Chu and Huang, 2020), (3) sexual activity under the influence of alcohol and drugs (Palfai and Luehring-Jones, 2021;Bustamante et al., 2022). ...
... AYAZAZI RIGHTS (Rapid Investigation of Gendered Health outcomes in the Time of Sars-Cov-2) took place over six months between December 2021 and May 2022, recruiting youth aged 16-24 from across eThekwini district South Africa. AYAZAZI stems from prior South African adolescent and youth health research [34][35][36][37], where AYA stands for adolescents and young adults, and "Zazi" meaning knowing themselves in isiZulu. The city of Durban, situated within eThekwini district, has been criticized their conservative views on LGBTQ + acceptance [38] and the lack of political response to the high sustained incidents of LGBTQ + hate crimes occurring within and around the city in recent years [39]. ...
... This article describes the formative qualitative research phase that was undertaken to contextualise and inform the subsequent co-design process [18] in one of the research sites, the urban township setting of Soweto in Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. Previous qualitative research on digital health has been limited in settings like Soweto [19,20]. A better understanding of the socio-technical challenges and opportunities that digital health technologies afford is needed in the context of maternal and child health in Soweto, especially with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shifts to digital technologies [9,21]. ...
... National Strategic Plan proposes to expand PrEP distribution to other people who are at high risk of HIV infection such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and adolescent girls and young women [4,5]. In the course of this roll-out a number of studies have been conducted on the attitudes to, knowledge, acceptability and use of PrEP among young people, women, and girls in South Africa [6][7][8][9][10][11]. Globally, almost a million people initiated oral PrEP by the end of 2020, with over 100,000 people in South Africa [12]. ...
... 21 In addition, a study in South Africa revealed the barriers of access to SRH services such as lack of confidentiality and privacy, waiting time duration, unpleasant work hours, distance from clinics and parents' fear when they came to the clinic. 22 Likewise, a study conducted at secondary schools in four frontier counties of North Dakota reported that social stigma, fear of non-confidentiality of services, and the prohibition of their parents and tutors, teenagers as the main barriers of adolescents' access to barriers. 23 This study showed the most prominent barrier at the individual level emanating from limited access to and utilisation of adolescents SRH services was limited knowledge among adolescents about the services which is a key hindrance. ...