Clemens J Benedikt

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OBJECTIVE To explore male circumcision (MC) prevalence, knowledge, attitudes and intentions among rural Zimbabweans. METHODS Representative survey of 18-44 year olds in two provinces, as part of an evaluation of the Zimbabwe National Behaviour Change Programme. We conducted univariate, bivariate and multivariate analyses. Linear regression was employed to(More)
1 Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 2 Ministry for Health and Child Welfare, Harare, Zimbabwe, 3 Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom, 4 Independent consultant, Harare, Zimbabwe, 5 United Nations Population Fund, Harare, Zimbabwe, 6 Zimbabwe National AIDS Council, Harare, Zimbabwe, 7(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the HIV prevalence and extent of engagement with HIV prevention and care among a representative sample of Zimbabwean sex workers working in Victoria Falls, Hwange and Mutare. DESIGN Respondent driven sampling (RDS) surveys conducted at each site. METHODS Sex workers were recruited using respondent driven sampling with each(More)
BACKGROUND HIV epidemiology and intervention uptake among female sex workers (FSW) in sub-Saharan Africa remain poorly understood. Data from outreach programs are a neglected resource. METHODS Analysis of data from FSW consultations with Zimbabwe's National Sex Work program, 2009-2014. At each visit, data were collected on sociodemographic(More)
Quantitative studies indicate that HIV incidence in Zimbabwe declined since the late 1990s, due in part to behavior change. This qualitative study, involving focus group discussions with 200 women and men, two dozen key informant interviews, and historical mapping of HIV prevention programs, found that exposure to relatives and close friends dying of AIDS,(More)
Optima is a software package for modeling HIV epidemics and interventions that we developed to address practical policy and program problems encountered by funders, governments, health planners, and program implementers. Optima's key feature is its ability to perform resource optimization to meet strategic HIV objectives, including HIV-related financial(More)
OBJECTIVE To add to the evidence on the impact of national HIV prevention programs in reducing HIV risk in sub-Saharan African countries. METHODS Statistical analysis of prospective data on exposure to HIV prevention programs, relatives with AIDS and unemployment, and sexual behavior change and HIV incidence, in a population cohort of 4047 adults,(More)
OBJECTIVE Early HIV testing and diagnosis are paramount for increasing treatment initiation among children, necessary for their survival and improved health. However, uptake of pediatric HIV testing is low in high-prevalence areas. We present data on attitudes towards pediatric testing from a nationally representative survey in Zimbabwe. METHODS All 18-24(More)
Although effective programmes are available and several countries have seen substantial declines in new HIV infections, progress in the reduction of adult HIV incidence has been slower than expected worldwide and many countries have not had large decreases in new infections in adults despite large reductions in paediatric infections. Reasons for slow(More)
INTRODUCTION HIV prevalence is declining in key populations in Armenia including in people who inject drugs (PWID), men who have sex with men, prison inmates, and female sex workers (FSWs); however, prevalence is increasing among Armenians who seasonally migrate to work in countries with higher HIV prevalence, primarily to the Russian Federation. METHODS(More)