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Second Quarter Newsletter

17 July 2017

IAVI #YOUTHTALK Workshop 9th/10th May 2017 For the second year, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) partnered with us to host an exciting and informative research workshop at the River Club Conference Centre. We were delighted to welcome IAVI representatives from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda and many other local organisations. Resea...

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Prudence Mabele: A Tribute

13 July 2017

Prudence Mabele: Tribute We have lost a champion. Pruden...

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PEPFAR: Oh what good you have done!

23 June 2017

In 1982, the first case of HIV was reported in South Africa. Thereafter the unerring march of AIDS and death ravaged our communities, filled our hospital beds and cemeteries and rendered families bereft of young breadw...

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Heart disease and living with HIV

19 June 2017

HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was: antiretroviral therapy (ARTs) have become so sophisticated that HIV-infected people have a normal life expectancy. However, now that HIV is a manageable, chronic disease, there is a shift in the focus of HIV research.  ...

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How can Circumcision Prevent HIV?

19 June 2017

Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) is currently recommended for men living in areas where HIV rates are high and prevention tools are scarce. Some men, understandably, are unwilling to undergo MMC. Nyaradzo Chigorimbo-Tsikiwa, with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre and the Division of Immunology, is researching the cellular and molecular composition of the foreskin. The goal is to identify how HIV penetrat...

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Healthcare Providers Respond to Latest HIV Prevention Research

13 June 2017

New HIV prevention technologies are researched all the time at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. Often, scientists are concerned with how the people using these products will respond to them. But, equally important, is the response from the healthcare workers prescribing them. Robina Momanyi, an IAVI fellow visiting the Desmond...

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Closing in on Airborne TB

18 May 2017

We were very fortunate to have Professor Robin Wood and Dr Keren Middelkoop, both from the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF), update us on the tuberculosis (TB) aerobiology project. The project aims to characterise how airborne TB infects people in different spaces. South Africa is one of the six countries globally with the highest rates of TB. The bacteria is responsible for the highest percenta...

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Medical Male Circumcision Uptake to Prevent HIV

8 May 2017

The last research meeting of April was on the subject of medical male circumcision (MMC), hosted by Nathan Beijneveld. He presented research of the acceptability and uptake of MMC in two adolescent populations in South Africa. This is a study with MACHO (Males Actively Choosing Healthy Options). The study investigated the upta...

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GeneXpert well received by adolescents

24 April 2017

The final March research presentation was hosted by Andrea Mendelsohn and Shabaana Osman. Mendelsohn presented the first portion of an ongoing research trial in Masiphumelele. They have been testing the efficacy and response of an STI (sexually transmitted infection) check in adolescents using the GeneXpert machine. So far, the results have been positive. ...

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22 April: Earth Day & the March for Science

21 April 2017

Why is there a March for Science this Saturday? 22 April marks Earth Day and the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This was the first time a voice was given to environmental consciousness and a call to action was made to support environmentally friendly and sustainable processes. In the face of climate change deni...

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