HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB
The relationship between HIV and associated behaviour, and population traits that drive the epidemic, vary from district to district in South Africa. Looking at the eight metros, the City of Tshwane had the lowest HIV prevalence while Ekurhuleni had the highest. The city of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela also had lower HIV occurrences.
Radio 702 interviewed the HSRC's Prof Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya last week about the recently released joint study on Effective Responses to HIV and AIDS at Work - what works in South Africa.
South Africa’s Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant, her Deputy iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa - in a partnership between -“The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Department of Labour - invites the media to the launch of a joint study on: “Effective Responses to HIV and AIDS at Work” - what works in South Africa.
The results of a survey on the HIV and AIDS related knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of students and staff at South African Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges in South Africa, 2014 survey have been released.
The Stigma Index survey gathered information from 10 473 people living with HIV (PLHIV) and was undertaken by the Human Sciences Research Council on behalf of SANAC. Key partners in the survey were the National Association of People Living with AIDS (NAPWA), the Positive Women’s Network, and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to officially launch “Effective Responses to HIV and AIDS at Work: A multi-country study in Africa” on Friday 24 April 2015 at the Ernst and Young Building, in Sandton – Johannesburg, South Africa.
HIV feeds on discrimination, writes Allanise Cloete
Pierre Brouard (Centre for the Study of AIDS, University of Pretoria)
Dawie Nel (OUT LGBTI Wellbeing)
Allanise Cloete (HSRC)
In South Africa, HIV infection was first characterised by male to male transmission, and during the early 1980s considered a “homosexual” epidemic. The epidemic, among what is epidemiologically termed men who have sex with men (MSM), was not taken seriously by the apartheid government, partly because same-sex sexuality was a punishable under the law.
Relative to national estimates, HIV prevalence is high among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the three largest cities of South Africa. In Cape Town, the overall prevalence among MSM recruited into the study was 22.3%, in Johannesburg it was 26.8%. In Durban, the prevalence was unusually high among respondents, namely 48.2%. In each city, HIV prevalence was higher among MSM aged 25 years and older than among MSM in the 18–24 years age category - Cape Town: 27.8% versus (vs) 13.1%; Johannesburg, 36.7% vs. 17.1%; Durban, 71.1% vs. 39.3%, all respectively.
An HSRC team led by Professor Linda Richter was commissioned to develop a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) platform that would contribute to the implementation of a range of interventions in communities hardest hit by HIV and AIDS, to improve services for young children and their families.
The HSRC-led consortium of research organisations will present five papers at the AIDS 2014 Confrence, emanating from the 2012 South African National HIV, Behaviour and Health Survey (SABSSM-4) which was released in April this year.