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Mobility and increased risk of HIV acquisition in South Africa: a mixed-method systematic review protocol

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Mobility and increased risk of HIV acquisition in South Africa: a mixed-method systematic review protocol
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Systematic Reviews, February 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13643-018-0703-z
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Armstrong Dzomba, Kaymarlin Govender, Tivani P. Mashamba-Thompson, Frank Tanser


In South Africa (home of the largest HIV epidemic globally), there are high levels of mobility. While studies produced in the recent past provide useful perspectives to the mobility-HIV risk linkage, systematic analyses are needed for in-depth understanding of the complex dynamics between mobility and HIV risk. We plan to undertake an evidence-based review of existing literature connecting mobility and increased risky sexual behavior as well as risk of HIV acquisition in South Africa. We will conduct a mixed-method systematic review of peer-reviewed studies published between 2000 and 2015. In particular, we will search for relevant South African studies from the following databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, and J-STOR databases. Studies explicitly examining HIV and labor migration will be eligible for inclusion, while non-empirical work and other studies on key vulnerable populations such as commercial sex workers (CSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM) will be excluded. The proposed mixed-method systematic review will employ a three-phase sequential approach [i.e., (i) identifying relevant studies through data extraction (validated by use of Distiller-SR data management software), (ii) qualitative synthesis, and (iii) quantitative synthesis including meta-analysis data]. Recurrent ideas and conclusions from syntheses will be compiled into key themes and further processed into categories and sub-themes constituting the primary and secondary outcomes of this study. Synthesis of main findings from different studies examining the subject issue here may uncover important research gaps in this literature, laying a strong foundation for research and development of sustainable localized migrant-specific HIV prevention strategies in South Africa. Our protocol was registered with PROSPERO under registration number: CRD 42017055580. ( https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42017055580 ).

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Country Count As %
Unknown 62 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Doctoral Student 9 15%
Researcher 8 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 11%
Student > Master 5 8%
Student > Bachelor 4 6%
Other 12 19%
Unknown 17 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 15 24%
Social Sciences 9 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 13%
Environmental Science 2 3%
Psychology 2 3%
Other 9 15%
Unknown 17 27%

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