Dr. Yunia Mayanja is a project leader, under the HIV Epidemiology and Intervention Programme of the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. She qualified with a degree in medicine and surgery, and has post graduate training in Public Health (MPH).
She has been involved in HIV/AIDS research for the last 7 years; previously having worked as a physician on a project to roll out antiretroviral treatment (ART) to rural health facilities in rural Uganda and later to implement HIV prevention strategies among women involved in high risk sexual behavior (female sex workers) in Kampala, Uganda. Her work among key populations has also involved studies on HIV-1 super-infection and preparedness studies for future HIV vaccine efficacy trials.
In the past 3 years her scope of work has expanded to include epidemiological studies among adolescents and young women. She is a career development fellow on a project conducting research among 15-19 year old adolescents with epidemiological outcomes including HIV and STI prevalence and incidence, substance use, reproductive health outcomes and intimate partner violence. This project is part of the EDCTP2 programme supported by the European Union. She has also received funding from IAVI and is currently the Principal investigator on a study that is looking at different aspects (knowledge, preferences, and uptake) of biomedical HIV prevention interventions.