Myra Frances Taylor

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OBJECTIVE To analyze the critical factors favoring the retention of patients under antiretroviral therapy (ART) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. DESIGN AND METHODS This retrospective study was based on the review of a representative sample of patients who began ART between March 2004 and May 2006 in 32 public sector sites and were followed up to July(More)
A pre-post test follow-up design was used to test the effects of a systematically developed photo-novella (Laduma) on knowledge, attitudes, communication and behavioural intentions with respect to sexually transmitted infections, after a single reading by 1168 secondary school learners in South Africa. The reading resulted in an increase in knowledge on the(More)
Gender-based violence has serious consequences for the psychological, physical, and sexual well-being of both men and women. Various gender roles, attitudes, and practices in South Africa create an environment that fosters submission and silence in females and hegemony and coercion in males. One of the expressions of this power inequity is a high prevalence(More)
Background South Africa has one of the highest prevalence of tuberculosis (TB). Addressing awareness among school learners on TB transmission and prevention may assist in reducing the disease burden. Objective We report on factors associated with high-school learners' intentions to seek healthcare for TB. Design A survey testing TB symptoms, transmission,(More)
Researchers aimed to determine the effects of a teenage pregnancy (TP) prevention program for 816 high school students attending 16 KwaZulu-Natal, South African schools through a randomized control trial. Data were collected at baseline and at the 8-month follow-up in 2009. Results were calculated using multivariate analyses of program effects employing(More)
Feral and semi-feral squirrel monkeys form sexually segregated subgroups. Observation of social interaction among laboratory animals revealed significant differences in social behaviour as a function of group composition. Females were more active in Unisexual groups. They engaged in more affiliative behaviour and were less often the target of agonistic(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate 6-year-old to 8-year-old children's health, nutritional status and cognitive development in a predominantly rural area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. METHODS Cohort study of 1383 children investigating the association of demographic variables (area of residence, sex, pre-school education, HIV status, height for age and(More)
a Department of Community Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Correspondence to Myra Taylor (e-mail: doi:10.2471/BLT.08.058669 Schistosomiasis remains a global health problem in the 21st century with an estimated 200 million people in 74 countries infected, of whom 85% are living in sub-Saharan Africa.1 In 2001,(More)
The genetic mechanisms that confer larval permethrin resistance were investigated in two strains of Aedes aegypti, vectors of yellow fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever. Larval resistance to permethrin in an Ae. aegypti field-collected resistant Couva (R) strain was associated with the sex-determining locus by analysis of backcrosses to the susceptible(More)
Treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been hypothesised to decrease HIV transmission. Although observational studies show an association between STIs and HIV, only one prospective randomised controlled trial (RCT) has confirmed this. Female genital schistosomiasis can cause genital lesions, accompanied by bloody discharge, ulcers or(More)