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Takuranenhamo Chikandiwa

University of the Witwatersrand

Country: Zimbabwe

Institution: University of the Witwatersrand

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Bio:

Chikandiwa has worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health since 2006 as a clinician and epidemiologist. He has been extensively involved in the implementation of HIV prevention research in the Southern African setting. Over the years, he has gained theoretical and practical experience working as a lead researcher in various study designs ranging from clinical observational studies trials to randomized controlled trials and impact evaluation studies. He has a particular research interest in the interactions between HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and has worked extensively on exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS and ART on the natural history of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection among women and men. Chikandiwa is also involved in several studies investigating new methods for screening and prevention of HPV in HIV positive individuals. Currently, he is part of a team investigating the association between injectable contraceptive use and HIV/STI acquisition. He is also working on several studies exploring the acceptability and feasibility of rolling out PrEP to adolescent girls and young women. He has taught and supervised students in his area of expertise. He has served as a member of the expert writing team for the Cervical Cancer Control Policy at the South African National Department of Health request. He was also part of a team of researchers who evaluated the first round HPV vaccination program in South Africa. Currently, he is part of the expert writing team that is drafting the South African National Strategic Plan for the control of STIs.