Ms Allanise Cloete

DEPARTMENT: HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST)
TELEPHONE: +27 (0)21 466 7928
EMAIL: acloete@hsrc.ac.za

Allanise Cloete is a PhD research trainee in the HIV/AIDS, STI and TB research programme. She is currently pursuing her doctoral work on the links between the cultural performance of local same sex cultures in the carnival/local popular culture and the everyday performance of indentifying as gay. She holds a Bachelor of arts at the University of Stellenbosch (2000), Honours in Anthropology/Sociology at the University of the Western Cape (2001), and a Master's in Anthropology/Sociology from the University of the Western Cape (2005). In 2002, Ms Cloete attended the Executive Masters Course on Culture, Care, Chronic Illness and Disability in the Amsterdam Masters in Medical Anthropology (AMMA) programme at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Before joining the HSRC in March 2004, she was a social science foundation course tutor (2001-2003), project coordinator of a SANPAD funded research project (2003) and student assistant at the Office for Student Development at the University of the Western Cape (2003).

In 2008 Ms Cloete received the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Research Excellence Award for Research Trainees. In 2002 she received a bursary from the National Research Foundation (NRF) and a scholarship from SANPAD based on academic excellence. She has also obtained recognition for her academic excellence by being invited to join the University of the Western Cape chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society in 2002 and is also a SANPAD research fellow (2005).

Her areas of research interest include: African same sex sexualities and transmission of HIV/AIDS, gender and sexualities, HIV risk reduction intervention research and the social and cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS transmission.

Recent

The 2014 stigma index survey: experiences of people with HIV

The Stigma Index measures the level of stigma and discrimination experienced by People living with HIV (PLHIV), and is a survey undertaken by nearly 5....

The people: living with HIV stigma index: South Africa 2014: summary report

SANAC has acknowledged that stigma and discrimination of PLHIV needs to be addressed. SANAC noted that although there has been tremendous progress mad....

'We keep her status to ourselves': experiences of stigma and discrimination among HIV-discordant couples in South Africa, Tanzania and Ukraine

In HIV-discordant relationships, the HIV-negative partner also carries the burden of a stigmatised disease. For this reason, couples often hide their ....

Improving the counselling skills of lay counsellors in antiretroviral adherence settings: a cluster randomised controlled trial in the Western Cape, South Africa

Little research has investigated interventions to improve the delivery of counselling in health care settings. We determined the impact of training an....

The South African Marang men's project

To date, there is a dearth of surveillance data on the prevalence of HIV and associated risk behaviours among men who have sex with men (MSM) in South....

Exploring custom-fitted male condoms as a sexual health intervention in Cape Town, South Africa

Between June and August of 2013, graduate students from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia conducted a mixed methods study in Cape Town, South Afric....

Aids: living between the lines

HIV feeds on discrimination, writes Pierre Brouard, Dawie Nel and Allanise Cloete. In the Western Cape, HIV infection was first characterised by male....

Lay counselors' ability to deliver counseling for behavior change

Options for Health is an evidence-based sexual risk reduction intervention based on Motivational Interviewing (MI). Thirty-nine antiretroviral adheren....

Layered stigma and HIV/AIDS: experiences of men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa

This chapter briefly discuss same-sex behaviour and sexual identities in southern Africa in particular. Research findings from a qualitative study of....

From research to practice: lay adherence counsellors' fidellity to an evidence-based intervention for promoting adherence to antiretroviral treatment in the Western Cape, South Africa

In the Western Cape, lay counsellors are tasked with supporting antiretroviral (ARV) adherence in public healthcare clinics. Thirty-nine counsellors i....

"It's important to take your medication everyday okay?": an evaluation of counselling by lay counsellors for ARV adherence support in the Western Cape, South Africa

There is growing interest in standard care programmes for antiretroviral (ARV) adherence support. In South Africa, individual counselling following AR....

"We women are women with a different manner": sexual health of WSW in four Western Cape communities

This research was initiated by Triangle Project and was funded by a grant from Schorer as part of the organisation's ongoing work to promote the sexua....

'It [HIV] is part of the relationship': exploring communication among HIV serodiscordant couples in South Africa and Tanzania

In many sub-Saharan African countries, a high proportion of people living with HIV are in long-term serodiscordant relationships. This paper explores ....

Pride and prejudice: gay men who are HIV-positive fear 'double discrimination'

South Africa's Constitutional protections against discrimination for sexual orientation afford countless opportunities to bring men who have sex with ....

Behaviour change counselling for ARV adherence support within primary health care facilities in the Western Cape, South Africa

Health care systems have been described as ideal settings for behaviour change counselling interventions. There is little research evaluating the feas....

You became afraid to tell them that you are gay: health service utilization by men who have sex with men in South African cities

We describe the utilization of health services by men who have sex with men (MSM) in South African cities, their perceptions of available health servi....

HIV prevalence and risk practices among men who have sex with men in two South African cities

Background: In South Africa, information on HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) is limited, and HIV prevention programs for men MSM are not wide....

Sexual relations and childbearing decisions of HIV-discordant couples: an exploratory study in South Africa and Tanzania

This article reports on the influence of HIV on sexual relations and childbearing decisions of 36 HIV-discordant couples, 26 in South Africa and 10 in....

Are HIV positive women who have sex with women (WSW) an unrecognized and neglected HIV risk group in South Africa?

South Africa is home to the largest population of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Of this population gender non-conforming women like women who h....

Being straight and being gay: identity or multiple desire: the case of South Africa

Constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In December 2006, South Africa became the fifth country in the world and th....

Challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS in Cape Town, South Africa: issues for group risk reduction interventions

This paper presents the findings of an exploratory study to investigate the challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in communities in....

Options for health: Western Cape: preliminary findings on the feasibility of incorporating options in to routine adherence counselling practice

In response to a recent finding that 44.7% of people initiating ARV treatment in public health clinics in Cape Town had had unprotected sex at last se....

The feasibility of implementing a sexual risk reduction intervention in routine clinical practice at an ARV clinic in Cape Town: a case study

This case study with one lay adherence counsellor assessed the implementation of Options for Health, a sexual risk-reduction intervention based on Mot....

Four-country report on formative research into the development of a HIV behavioural risk reduction intervention for PLWHA: Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland

This research project was part of a multi-country study which was conducted in eight sub-Saharan African countries including four in the Southern Afri....

The sociocultural aspects of HIV/AIDS in South Africa

This chapter focuses on some sociocultural aspects of life within the majority black African population of South Africa, most of whom speak languages ....

"If you talk about a window period of two weeks, it is worse": HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa

Background: The Johannesburg/eThekwini Men's Study (JEMS) was conducted to provide information on HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Johanne....

"You become afraid to tell them that you are gay": availability and utilisation of health services by men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Johannesburg/eThekwini men's study

Background: The Johannesburg/eThekwini Men's Study (JEMS) was conducted to provide information on HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in two Sou....

Integrated gender-based violence and HIV risk reduction intervention for South African men: results of a quasi-experimental field trial

South Africa is in the midst of one of the world's most devastating HIV/AIDS epidemics and there is a well-documented association between violence aga....

Drug use and HIV risk behaviour in three urban South African communities

The present study assesses drug usage and HIV risk using a modified version of the Drug Abuse Screening Test, Short Form (DAST-10) for substances othe....

Measuring AIDS stigmas in people living with HIV/AIDS: the internalized AIDS-related stigma scale

AIDS stigmas create significant barriers to HIV prevention, testing, and care and can become internalized by people living with HIV/AIDS. We developed....

HIV/AIDS risk reduction and domestic violence prevention intervention for South African men

South Africa has among the worst HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world, and HIV/AIDS is closely associated with adversarial attitudes toward women and with ....

High rates of unprotected sex occurring among HIV-positive individuals in a daily diary study in South Africa: the role of alcohol use

Objectives: The objectives of this study were to assess the prevalence of unprotected sex and to examine the association between alcohol consumption ....

Intervening to reduce gender-based violence does not enhance HIV risk reduction outcomes for South African men: results of a quasi-experimental field trial

Background: There is a well documented association between violence against women and HIV transmission. Interventions that integrate HIV prevention wi....

Disclosure decisions and HIV positive men who have sex with men (MSM) in Cape Town, South Africa

Objectives: Secrecy and concealment of either sexual orientation or HIV positive status characterizes many gay relationships in the context of homosex....

Stigma and discrimination experiences of HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Cape Town, South Africa

Since the primary mode of HIV transmission in sub-Saharan Africa is heterosexual, research focusing on the sexual behaviour of men who have sex with m....

Gender, power and resistance to change among two communities in the Western Cape, South Africa

This study investigates how women and men in the Western Cape, South Africa, construct their gender identities and roles. As part of the development ....

Alcohol use in three different inner cities in South Africa: AUDIT-C and CAGE

The aim of this study was to describe the frequency of risky drinking among a general urban population survey in South Africa with the help of Alcohol....

Internalized stigma, discrimination, and depression among men and women living with HIV/AIDS in Cape Town, South Africa

AIDS stigmas interfere with HIV prevention, diagnosis, and treatment and can become internalized by people living with HIV/AIDS. However, the effects ....

Disclosure of HIV status to sex partners and sexual risk behaviours amongh HIV-positive men and women, Cape Town, South Africa

The HIV epidemic continues to amplify in southern Africa and there is a growing need for HIV prevention interventions among people who have tested HIV....

Social constructions of gender roles, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS in two communities of the Western Cape, South Africa

The links between gender roles, gender-based violence and HIV/aids risks are complex and culturally specific. In this qualitative study we investigat....

Sexual assault, sexual risks and gender attitudes in a community sample of South African men

Sexual assault against women and HIV infection are both prevalent and related social problems in South Africa. The current study examined hostile att....

Methamphetamine use and sexual risks for HIV infection in Cape Town, South Africa

The current study examined the use of methamphetamine (Meth) in relation to HIV risks in a South African community sample. Design and setting: Street ....

Gender mainstreaming in HIV/AIDS: seminar proceedings: from the satellite session held during the 7th AIDS impact conference, Cape Town, 2005

Current trends of HIV transmission and prevalence clearly show that the epidemic is fuelled by gender-based vulnerabilities. Close to 60 per cent of a....

Alcohol expectancies and inhibition conflict as moderators of the alcohol-unprotected sex relationship: event-level findings from a daily diary study among individuals living with HIV in Cape Town, South Africa

Literature from sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere supports a global association between alcohol and HIV risk. However, more rigorous studies using mult....

HIV risk among men who have sex with men, women who have sex with women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations in South Africa: a mini-review

The HIV epidemic in South Africa is characterized mainly by heterosexual transmission. Recently, the importance of targeting key populations and margi....

The role of alcohol use in antiretroviral adherence among individuals living with HIV in South Africa: event-level findings from a daily diary study

Using daily diary methods, we aimed to test the hypothesis that at the event-level consuming alcohol increases the likelihood that antiretrovirals (AR....