Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine 2019-03-08T09:49:17+00:00 Michelle Moorhouse Open Journal Systems <p>The <em>Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine</em> is a medical journal focused on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and related topics relevant to clinical and public health practice. The purpose of the journal is to disseminate original research results and to support high-level learning related to HIV Medicine. It publishes original research articles, editorials, case reports/case series, reviews of state-of-the-art clinical practice, and correspondence.</p><p>Other websites related to this journal: <a title="" href="" target="_blank"></a></p> HIV status and mortality of surgical inpatients in rural Zimbabwe: A retrospective chart review 2019-03-08T09:49:14+00:00 Pascal Migaud Michael Silverman Paul Thistle <p><strong>Background:</strong> People living with HIV treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) are now living longer and thus many are requiring surgical procedures. For healthcare resource planning, it would be helpful to better understand the prevalence of HIV in surgical patients, the types of surgery HIV-positive patients are undergoing and whether HIV status impacts mortality.</p><p><strong>Objective:</strong> The goal of this study was to determine the prevalence of HIV in surgical inpatients and the extent of ART coverage, as well as to assess any differences between HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients in type of surgery undergone and in-hospital mortality at Karanda Mission Hospital, Mount Darwin, Zimbabwe.</p><p><strong>Method:</strong> A 1-year retrospective chart review was undertaken to collect clinical and demographic data for adult (excluding maternity cases) and paediatric surgical inpatients including age, sex, type of surgery, HIV status, CD4+ counts and, if patient was HIV-positive, whether he or she was taking ART.</p><p><strong>Results and conclusion:</strong> Charts for 1510 surgical inpatient stays were reviewed. HIV prevalence among the adults was higher than that in the general population in Zimbabwe in 2016 (23.2% vs. 14.7%). There was no significant difference in inpatient mortality between the HIV-negative group and the HIV-positive group. Within the group of patients with malignancies, people living with HIV were significantly younger than uninfected patients (mean age 50.5 vs. 64.4 years; <em>p</em> &lt; 0.01). There were correlations between HIV and certain malignancies. Thus, in addition to AIDS-defining illnesses, clinicians must be alert to squamous cell carcinoma and oesophageal, anal and penile cancers in HIV-positive patients.</p> 2019-03-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Sexually transmitted infections, the silent partner in HIV-infected women in Zimbabwe 2019-03-08T09:49:15+00:00 Sara Lowe Tinashe Mudzviti Ardele Mandiriri Tinei Shamu Petronella Mudhokwani Cleophas Chimbetete Ruedi Luethy Margaret Pascoe <p><strong>Background:</strong> Coinfection rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are not widely reported in Zimbabwe and no local guidelines regarding the screening of STIs in people living with HIV exist.</p><p><strong>Objectives:</strong> This cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the prevalence and associated risk factors for STI coinfection in a cohort of HIV-infected women.</p><p><strong>Methods:</strong> Between January and June 2016, 385 HIV-infected women presenting for routine cervical cancer screening were tested for five STIs: <em>Neisseria gonorrhoeae</em> (NG), <em>Chlamydia trachomatis</em> (CT), <em>Trichomonas vaginalis</em> (TV), Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) type 2 and <em>Treponema pallidum</em> (TP). Socio-demographic characteristics and sexual history were recorded. Multiple logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with the diagnosis of non-viral STIs.</p><p><strong>Results:</strong> Two hundred and thirty-three participants (60.5%) had a confirmed positive result for at least one STI: HSV 2 prevalence 52.5%, TV 8.1%, CT 2.1%, NG 1.8% and TP 11.4%. Eighty seven per cent of the women were asymptomatic for any STI; 62.3% of women with a non-viral STI were asymptomatic. Women who had attended tertiary education were 90% less likely to have a non-viral STI (adjusted odds ratio [aOR]: 0.10, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.03–0.39, <em>p</em> &lt; 0.01). Having more than three lifetime sexual partners was a significant predictor for a nonviral STI diagnosis (aOR: 3.3, 95% CI: 1.5–7.2, <em>p</em> &lt; 0.01).</p><p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> A high prevalence of predominantly asymptomatic STIs is reported in a cohort of HIV-infected women. Syndromic management results in underdiagnosis of asymptomatic patients. More than three lifetime sexual partners and less formal education are risk factors for coinfection with non-viral STI. High-risk women should be screened using aetiological methods.</p> 2019-03-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Targeted mentoring for human immunodeficiency virus programme support in South Africa 2019-03-08T09:49:16+00:00 Geoffrey Jobson Moyahabo Mabitsi Jean Railton Cornelis J. Grobbelaar James A. McIntyre Helen E. Struthers Remco P.H. Peters <p><strong>Background:</strong> Mentoring is a required component of health systems strengthening technical assistance interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Mentoring is useful because it does not necessarily compromise service delivery and promotes the sharing of newly acquired knowledge and skills. However, there is a lack of research on the implementation of mentoring in the context of the HIV epidemic in southern Africa.</p><p><strong>Objectives:</strong> This qualitative evaluation focussed on understanding the implementation process of targeted mentoring for clinical practice, data management and pharmacy management, at public health care facilities in South Africa; and on identifying critical factors influencing the effectiveness of mentoring as a technical assistance intervention in this context.</p><p><strong>Methods:</strong> Purposive sampling was used to select participants from public health facilities in three South African Provinces. Participants were invited to take part in structured interviews. Datawere analysed using thematic analysis, and two core themes were identified: mentoring as knowledge and skills transfer; and mentoring as psychosocial support.</p><p><strong>Results:</strong> In terms of knowledge and skills transfer, the sequential implementation of proactive and reactive mentoring was critical. Initial proactive mentoring involved mentors initiating training and developing professional relationships with mentees. Thereafter, a reactive mentoring phase allowed mentees to request support when required. This enabled mentors to leverage real-world problems faced by health workers to support their implementation of new knowledge and skills. The availability and accessibility of mentors alongside the relationships between mentors and mentees provided psychosocial support for health care workers which facilitated their self-efficacy in implementing new knowledge and skills.</p><p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> These findings suggest that the success of mentoring programmes in LMICs may require specific attention to both knowledge transfer and the management of interpersonal relationships.</p> 2019-03-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c)