HSRC-led HIV/AIDS Survey to make waves at AIDS 2014

CATEGORY: Social Aspects of Public Health
DATE: 17 July 2014
AUTHOR: HSRC Communication & Stakeholder Relations Directorate

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 35.3 Million people were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2012 while 1.6 million died of AIDS-related illnesses worldwide at the same period. The report further reveals that Sub-Saharan Africa remains most severely affected, with nearly 1 in every 20 adults living with HIV and accounting for 71% of the people living with HIV worldwide.

Similar shocking universal HIV/AIDS prevalence are among the key factors that led to the convening of the first ever International AIDS Conference nearly three decades ago.

This month the HSRC’s Chief Executive, Prof Olive Shisana will chair one of the satellite sessions at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia starting from 20 – 25 July 2014.

In this session the HSRC-led consortium of research organisations will present five papers emanating from the 2012 South African National HIV, Behaviour and Health Survey (SABSSM-4) which was released in April this year.

The survey which is the fourth in the series of repeated cross-sectional national surveys that have been conducted by the same consortium in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012 investigated the HIV prevalence, HIV incidence and exposure to antiretroviral treatment (ART) as well as the biomedical, social behavioural determinants of the epidemic.

The HSRC-led consortium satellite session at the conference will focus on the overview of utilising surveys such as these for monitoring the epidemic nationally. The session will also take a glance at trends of HIV prevalence and incidence, risk perceptions among medically and traditionally circumcised males, age desperate and intergenerational sex, marital status, impact of the HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign, stigma, risk perception, HIV knowledge and risk behaviour in South Africa.

Speaking shortly before departing for Melbourne, Prof Shisana paid homage to the men and women who worked tirelessly in putting together the SABSSM-4 report. 

“Our sitting at the 20th International AIDS Conference where we will showcase to the world that the SABSSM-4 report had a potentially, huge impact on public policy and planning and that this research project not only illustrate the solution-oriented nature of the research undertaken at the HSRC, but also aims to produce outcomes that have direct utility in addressing critical HIV/AIDS challenges,” said the CEO.

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. The biennial gathering is a chance to assess where the world is, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.

Gathering under the theme, Stepping up the Pace, the Conference which is organised by the International AIDS Society (IAS) in partnership with a number of international bodies and local partners has a programme which will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV.

Further information on the conference can be accessed by visiting the conference’s website: www.aids2014.org

International AIDS Conference

Date

Event

Detail

Responsibility

18 July 2014

ALL DAY

 

 

 

08:30 – 10:00

Keynote Address: IAS Children’s Symposium “Children and HIV: Start Early, Start Now!”  Integrated interventions for young children born into HIV-affected families

Pre-conference symposium, Grand Hyatt Hotel

Prof Linda Richter

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

15:30 – 17:00

Paper:  Gathering the evidence from within and outside of HIV to understand the long-term implications for children – reports from the PEPFAR process “The importance of early child development for long-term outcomes”

Pre-conference symposium

Grand Hyatt Hotel

Prof Linda Richter

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

17:00 – 17:30

Special Remarks: Launch of Special Issue of AIDS – children born into families affected by HIV

Launch

Grand Hyatt Hotel

Prof Linda Richter:

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

08:30 – 17:30

Women and their influence on fatherhood in KwaZulu-Natal

Culture, Health & Sexuality Symposium, University of Melbourne

Tawanda Makusha

Photographer:

Naledi Hlalukana

19 July 2014

ALL DAY

 

 

 

08:30 – 10:00

Moderator:  A conversation:  The global convergence of initiatives around early child development:  How we can make these HIV-sensitive

Pre-conference symposium

Prof Linda Richter

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

20 July 2014

08:00 – 11:00

 

 

 

09:00 – 13:00

UNICEF/Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS:  Global Partners Forum: Discussant

 

Prof Linda Richter

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

12:00 – 18:30

Hosting of HSRC Booth

Stand 307

Ms Yolande Shean, Ms Naledi Hlalukana

21 July 2012

09:00 – 18:30

 

 

 

13:00 – 14:00

MOPDD01

The Social and Cultural Context of Risk and Prevention

Co-Chair: Prof Leickness Simbayi

Room 105 - 106

Prof Leickness Simbayi

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

13:00-14:00

 

MOPDE01

Oral Presentation: Life-course impacts of maternal mortality related to HIV in South Africa

Room 103

Dr L Knight, Dr A. Ely Yamin

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

12:30 – 14:30

Poster Exhibition:

MOPE244:

The association between cohabitation and HIV testing behaviours in heterosexual couples at baseline in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Poster Exhibition Area

Dr Heidi van Rooyen (H van Rooyen, N Mcgrath, L Knight, V Hosegood, T Ngubane, A Marr, M Johnson, K Fritz, L Darbes)

Photographer:

Ms Naledi Hlalukana

12:30 – 14:30

Poster Exhibition:

MOPE250:

Prevalence, correlates and ecological associations of concurrent sexual partnerships in a nationally representative cross-section of South Africans in 2013

Poster Exhibition Area

(D Celenteno, K Risher, O Shisana, T Rehle, L Simbayi)

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

12:30 – 14:30

Poster Exhibition:

MOPE252:

Relationship characteristics of cohabiting and non-cohabiting couples in a couples-based HIV intervention trial in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Poster Exhibition Area

(V Hosegood, N McGrath, H van Rooyen, L Knight, T Ngubane, A Marr, M Johnson, K Fritz, L Darbes)

Photographer:

Ms Naledi Hlalukana

 

 

22 July 2014

09:00 – 18:30

 

 

 

08:20 – 10:30

Plenary Session:

TUPL01

What's Holding Us Back and How Do We Move Faster?

(09:00) Presentation by Prof Shisana: Strengthening Health Systems and Community

 

Plenary 2

Prof Olive Shisana

Photographer & Support:

Ms Yolande Shean

12:30 – 14:30

TUPE254:

Attitudes towards people living with HIV in South Africa: findings from three national population-based household surveys in 2005, 2008 and 2012

Poster Exhibition Area

Prof Leickness Simbayi (V Mehlomakulu, S Jooste, LC Simbayi, N Ncitakalo)

Photographer:

Yolande Shean

 

23 July 2014

 

 

 

 

07:00 – 08:30

Are we there yet? Stepping up the pace through 2012 National HIV Prevalence and Behavioral Surveys: Botswana, Kenya and South Africa

 

Botswana AIDS Impact Survey results, 2012

 

Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey, 2012

 

South Africa National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey 2012

 

Room 101 - 102

Prof Olive Shisana, Prof Leickness Simbayi, Prof Thomas Rehle

12:30 – 14:30

WEPE315:

HIV communication and self-perceived risk for HIV infection among adolescents and young adults in four provinces in South Africa

 

 

Poster Exhibition Area

Ms Julia Louw

(J Louw, B Tutshana, K Peltzer, P Naidoo) Photographer:

Ms Naledi Hlalukana

12:30 – 14:30

WEPE265:

Clinic-based peer support by women living with HIV improves maternal-child outcomes

Poster Exhibition Area

Dr Alastair van Heerden

(A C van Heerden, MJ Rotheram-Borus, L Richter, A Stein, M Tomlinson, J Harwood, T Rochat, H van Rooyen, WS Comulada, Z Tang

Photographer:

Ms Naledi Hlalukana

12:30 – 14:30

WEPE237:

Sexual behavior among people living with HIV/AIDS who are on antiretroviral therapy in South Africa: results from a population-based household survey in 2012

Poster Exhibition Area

Prof Thomas Rehle

(T Rehle, L Simbayi, O Shisana, D Celenteno, K Risher)

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

12:30 – 14:30

WEPE152:

The South African Marang Men’s Project: HIV prevalence and risk behaviours among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg

Poster Exhibition Area

Prof Leickness Simbayi

(L Simbayi, A Cloete, T Rehle, L Townsend, Y Ntsepe, S Jooste, M Mabaso, J Louw, D Naidoo, P Naidoo, T Duda)

Photographer:

Ms Naledi Hlalukana

12:30 – 14:30

WEPE131:

Is formative research important before implementation of a survey using respondent driven sampling (RDS) among MSM in three South African cities?

Poster Exhibition Area

Ms Allanise Cloete

(A Cloete, T Duda, Y Ntsepe, D Naidoo, K Jonas, L Simbayi)

Photographer:

Ms Yolande Shean

14.30 - 16.00

WEAX01

"I think it is right": Acceptability of an HIV self-test by lay users in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Plenary 1

L. Knight, H. van Rooyen, J. Lim, R. Peck

Photographer:

Ms Naledi Hlalukana

18:30 - 20:30

 

WESA14

South African National HIV Prevalence,

HIV Incidence and Behaviour Survey,

2012

Non-Commercial Satellite

 

Room 105-106

Prof Olive Shisana, Prof Leickness Simbayi, Prof Thomas Rehle, Dr Mpumi Zungu, Dr Do

For more information contact:Ms Ina van der Linde on ivdlinde@hsrc.ac.za who will be at the conference.