• Affiliate Associate Professor, Global Health
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Dr John Kinuthia is an Obstetrician Gynecologist and Head of Research and Programs at Kenyatta National Hospital and honorary lecturer, at the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Dr. Kinuthia’s research has focused on evaluation of uptake of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) interventions, understanding incidence and cofactors of HIV incidence during pregnancy and after delivery, partner home based HIV testing, HIV prevention interventions for the youth and tuberculosis in pregnancy. He is currently the Site Principal Investigator of randomized clinical trial “Evaluation of mHealth strategies to optimize adherence and efficacy PMTCT/ART” and a cluster-randomized clinical trial “Delivering PrEP in pregnancy”

He is a co- director of the UW/KNH Improving the HIV Care Cascade Training Program and site director for the University of Nairobi North Pacific Global Health Fellowship Program training Site. Dr Kinuthia also coordinates training in Implementation Science for the Afya Bora Consortium and the HIV Care Cascade training Program

  • MBChB (University of Nairobi (Kenya))
  • MMed (University of Nairobi (Kenya))
  • Master's (University of Washington)
Country Affiliations 
  • Kiswahili
Health Topics 
  • Family Planning
  • HIV Transmission
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Mobile Health (mHealth)
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • STDs (other than HIV)
  • TB

McGrath CJ, Singa B, Langat A, Kinuthia J, Ronen K, Omolo D, Odongo BE, Wafula R, Muange P, Katana A, Ng'anga' L, John-Stewart GC. Non-disclosure to male partners and incomplete PMTCT regimens associated with higher risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission: a national survey in Kenya. AIDS Care. 2017 Nov 11:1-9.

Pintye J, Drake AL, Kinuthia J, Unger JA, Matemo D, Heffron RA, Barnabas RV, Kohler P, McClelland RS, John-Stewart G A Risk Assessment Tool for Identifying Pregnant and Postpartum Women Who May Benefit From Preexposure Prophylaxis. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Mar 15;64(6)

Kinuthia J, Richardson BA, Drake AL, Matemo D, Unger JA, McClelland RS, John-Stewart G, Sexual Behavior and Vaginal Practices during Pregnancy and Postpartum: Implications for HIV Prevention Strategies, (Accepted for publication in J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016)

Krakowiak D, Kinuthia J, Osoti AO, Asila V, Gone MA, Mark J, Betz B, Parikh S, Sharma M, Barnabas R, Farquhar C. Home-Based HIV Testing Among Pregnant Couples Increases Partner Testing and Identification of Serodiscordant Partnerships. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Aug 1;72 Suppl 2:S167-73.

Kinuthia J, Kiarie J, Farquhar C, Richardson B, Nduati R, Mbori-Ngacha D, John-Stewart G Uptake of prevention of mother to child transmission interventions in Kenya: health systems are more influential than stigma. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2011, 14:61