New protocols will include screening for acute HIV infection, partner notification services, and an HIV-vaccine trial to start in 2019.
Routine screening of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infection is done through on-site X-pert testing, with subsequent isolation of N. Gonorrheoae at the KWTRP. Whole genome sequencing of 103 NG isolates has been completed in collaboration with Prof. Chris Tang at Oxford University.
Under supervision of the PIs, Drs. Susan Graham and Eduard Sanders, the candidate will strengthen STI diagnosis and care in Mtwapa, conduct longitudinal analysis of CT/NG infection among different risk groups at first instance, and will be encouraged to develop his/her own protocol. Areas of interest for protocol development include sexual and reproductive health, mental health, substance abuse, and others.