Wits RHI in the News

03 August 2018

Many miles for youth service

Ananelang Tumi Motumi (26), who has just returned from Amsterdam following a reward trip to the World AIDS Conference 2018, describes the experience as the best time of her life.

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17 July 2018

HIV prevalence among adults aged 15 to 49 years in SA is 20.6% - HSRC

Pretoria, Tuesday 17 July 2018 – The number of new HIV infections (incidence) significantly declined in 2017 when compared to findings of a similar survey conducted in 2012. This decreasing trend is consistent with the previous estimates of HIV incidence. This is one of the main findings of the South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey, 2017, officially launched today by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi at the National Department of Health in Pretoria.

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17 July 2018

Spread of HIV falls but risky conduct persists

Researchers worry that the gains are largely due to interventions such as improved ARV treatment rather than changed behaviour.

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17 July 2018

HIV infections down in SA - but so is condom use

The number of new HIV infections in South Africa is dropping‚ but there were still 231‚000 people who contracted HIV in 2017.

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) released their fifth national HIV Prevalence‚ Incidence‚ Behaviour and Communication Survey on Tuesday in Pretoria.

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08 July 2018

Quest for AIDS vaccine gets hopeful boost

Paris, France - The near 40-year quest for an AIDS vaccine received a hopeful boost on Saturday when scientists announced that a trial drug triggered an immune response in humans and shielded monkeys from infection.

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07 July 2018

Candidate AIDS vaccine passes key early test

Cape Town, 29 June 2016 - A groundbreaking HIV/Aids invention by a Cape Town scientist, has been ranked amongst the top in Africa. Exatype, the brainchild of Imogen Wright, will be used to detect drug resistance in HIV/Aids patients.

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27 June 2018

ART rollout in SA ‘could be largest chronic care programme in the world’

There are over 4m people with HIV on antiretroviral treatment (ART) in South Africa. Over 90% are being treated in the government hospitals and clinics. It may be the largest chronic care programme in a public health system in the world. Goundup reports that UNAIDS, the UN body that deals with the HIV epidemic, estimates that by 2016 conventional blood tests cannot detect HIV in over 3m people on ART. UNAIDS also estimates that new HIV infections halved between 2010 and 2016.

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06 June 2018

Changes in climate fuel listeriosis

South Africa's changing climate could fuel listeriosis outbreaks.

Several features of the microbe that cause the life-threatening disease make it, especially climate sensitive, scientists warn in the June edition of the South African Medical Journal.

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28 May 2018

Birth defects fears prompt warnings about new ARV

Within a week the “revolutionary” new HIV drug dolutegravir has gone from panacea to pariah. Recent data from a Botswana study linking the drug to birth defects has seen the highest international health bodies issuing public warnings.

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27 May 2018

Wits Reproductive Health Institute (WRHI) launches Safer Conception programme

The safer conception project community team, working with facility-linked community healthcare workers, will access people via home visits (door to door) and conduct community-based dialogues and outreach activities.

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