Prof Philippe Mayaud

Professor of Infectious Disease

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 2079272291

Clinician by background turned clinical epidemiologist with a focus on HIV and sexually transmitted infections, but also interest in (re)emerging viral infections. I have worked a total of 13 years overseas in Africa and Latin America/Caribbean.

I serve as member of WHO and UNAIDS expert panels on STI since 1993, and Zika since 2016.

I am a scientific expert with a number of French (ANRS, INSERM, Institut Pasteur, World AIDS Foundation), other international (US NIH, Canadian CIHR) research agencies, and in the UK (MRC).

I have served on the Scientific Board of CAREC (Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, Trinidad); and Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

I have been Head of the HIV Epidemiology and Intervention Programme and Theme Leader of HIV and Emerging Infections at the MRC/UVRI/LSHTM Uganda Research Unit based in Entebbe, Uganda from March 2019 to march 2020.

I have been Head of the LSHTM Department of Clinical Research during 2012-2016, and 2020-2021 (at start of COVID-19 pandemic; and helped coordinate the original clinical response of LSHTM to the pandemic.)

I have been a founding member, once Director, and current member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections at LSHTM. I Ama member of several research Centres at LSHTM (MARCH, Vaccine, Humanitarian Conflicts and Crises)

I hold a number of Honorary international positions: 1) Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2009, renewed 2015); 2) Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana (2010-2015); 3) Visiting Professorship (2015-2018) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo (FMUSP), Brazil, funded by CAPES/BRAZIL under the prestigious 'Ciencias sim Fronteiras' programme.


Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health
Vaccine Centre
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I have been the Course Director of the MSc Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV, jointly run with the University College of London Medical School (1997-2009). The course attracted 10-15 UK and overseas students each year.

I have developed with Prof Mabey (CRD, LSHTM) the curriculum and I have been the lead organiser of the LSHTM Module “Control of STI” from 1997 to present. This module is offered to all LSHTM MSc courses, and has attracted 15-60 students/year (over 800 students have been trained in 20 years) and occasional fee-paying students. This course has served as template for similar short courses in South Africa, China and Brazil, which I have developed and/or lectured on.

I lecture on LSHTM MSc CID (HIV/STI week), TMIH, RSHR and DTMH and the online course MSc SRHPP.

I regularly teach at various institutions in Belgium (IMT Antwerp), France (University of Bordeaux, Institut Leon Mba in Paris), UK (BASHH, SOAS) and have occasionally taught in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Sweden, and Uganda.


I have over 30 years of experience of research in low- and middle-income countries context. My research focuses on all aspects of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), ie clinical, management, epidemiology, control; and interactions between viral STIs (HPV, HSV) and HIV. I have a particular interest in evaluating clinical, preventative or community-level methods of STI control. After 10 years of research on herpes and HIV (trials), I have shifted my focus on HPV/cervical cancer among women living with HIV.

I have been working in Eastern (Tanzania, Uganda), Western (Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana), Central (Central African Republic), Southern (Malawi, South Africa, Zambia) and Northern (Morocco) African countries, both in Anglophone and Francophone countries, as well as in China in the early 2000s and Brazil since the mid 2000s. I spent 6 years (1991-97) working in Mwanza, Tanzania; 1 year (2019-2020) at the MRC Unit in Uganda.

Most of the above research had been conducted through large consortia supported by DFID (UK), EU, ANRS (France).

Since 2015, during a 3-year part-time visiting Professorship at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, I have developed a research interest on (re)emerging viral infections such as Zika, Dengue, Yellow-fever, and recently SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), and obtained funding as LSHTM PI on two large research programmes/capacity building on arbovirus infections, funded by EU and MRC.

Since 2001, I have been supervising 15 Research Degree students at the School (last graduated in 2023), including 3 DrPH students and 2 Commonwealth Students -- all as sole or primary supervisor; I have co supervised two PhD students in France and Brazil; and I have been on the Advisory Board of 10 other RD students at the School.

Research Area
Clinical care
Global Health
Sexual and reproductive health
Disease and Health Conditions
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Infectious diseases
Emerging infectious diseases
Sexually transmitted infections
Burkina Faso
South Africa

Selected Publications

Sexually Transmitted Infections
Manson’s Tropical Diseases.
Diagnostic accuracy of cervical cancer screening and screening-triage strategies among women living with HIV-1 in Burkina Faso and South Africa: A cohort study.
KELLY, HA; Chikandiwa, A; Sawadogo, B; GILHAM, C; Michelow, P; Lompo, OG; Omar, T; Zan, S; Magooa, P; Segondy, M; Nagot, N; Meda, N; Delany-Moretlwe, S; MAYAUD, P; HARP Study Group,;
PLoS medicine
Missed opportunities for sexually transmitted infections testing for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis users: a systematic review.
Ong, JJ; Fu, H; Baggaley, RC; Wi, TE; TUCKER, JD; Smith, MK; Rafael, S; FALCONER, J; TERRIS-PRESTHOLT, F; Mameletzis, I; MAYAUD, P;
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Clinical features and natural history of the first 2073 suspected COVID-19 cases in the Corona São Caetano primary care programme: a prospective cohort study.
Leal, FE; Mendes-Correa, MC; Buss, LF; Costa, SF; Bizario, JC S; De Souza, SR P; Thomaz, O; Tozetto-Mendoza, TR; Villas-Boas, LS; De Oliveira-da Silva, LC; Grespan, RM Z; Capuani, L; Buccheri, R; Domingues, H; ALEXANDER, N; MAYAUD, P; Sabino, EC;
BMJ Open
Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of the COVID-19 epidemic in Brazil.
De Souza, WM; Buss, LF; Candido, DD S; Carrera, J-P; Li, S; Zarebski, AE; Pereira, RH M; Prete, CA; De Souza-Santos, AA; Parag, KV; Belotti, MC T D; Vincenti-Gonzalez, MF; Messina, J; Da Silva Sales, FC; Andrade, PD S; Nascimento, VH; Ghilardi, F; Abade, L; Gutierrez, B; Kraemer, MU G; Braga, CK V; Aguiar, RS; ALEXANDER, N; MAYAUD, P; BRADY, OJ; ... Faria, NR.
Global Epidemiologic Characteristics of Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Individuals Using Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Ong, JJ; Baggaley, RC; Wi, TE; TUCKER, JD; Fu, H; Smith, MK; Rafael, S; Anglade, V; FALCONER, J; Ofori-Asenso, R; TERRIS-PRESTHOLT, F; Hodges-Mameletzis, I; MAYAUD, P;
JAMA Network Open
The association between Zika virus infection and microcephaly in Brazil 2015-2017: An observational analysis of over 4 million births.
BRADY, OJ; Osgood-Zimmerman, A; Kassebaum, NJ; Ray, SE; De Araújo, VE M; Da Nóbrega, AA; Frutuoso, LC V; Lecca, RC R; Stevens, A; Zoca de Oliveira, B; De Lima, JM; Bogoch, II; MAYAUD, P; Jaenisch, T; Mokdad, AH; Murray, CJ L; Hay, SI; Reiner, RC; Marinho, F;
PLoS medicine
Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance of Mycoplasma genitalium Infection Among Women Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus in South Africa: A Prospective Cohort Study.
Ong, JJ; Magooa, MP; Chikandiwa, A; Kelly, H; Didelot, M-N; Muller, EE; Maseko, V; Segondy, M; Delany-Moretlwe, S; Kularatne, R; MAYAUD, P; HIV in Africa Research Partnership Study Group,;
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Syrian refugees in Greece: experience with violence, mental health status, and access to information during the journey and while in Greece.
Ben Farhat, J; BLANCHET, K; Juul Bjertrup, P; Veizis, A; Perrin, C; Coulborn, RM; MAYAUD, P; Cohuet, S;
BMC medicine
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