The opening session of the 13th International AIDS Impact Conference in Cape Town (13-15 November 2017) laid bare the challenges ahead for the global HIV community. On the one hand, the campaign to scale up HIV treatment has been successful and, according to UNAIDS South African country director Mbulawa Mugabe, 18 million people are accessing the drugs. We are well on our way to meeting the agreed 90-90-90 treatment targets.
On the other hand, new HIV infections are unacceptably high, particularly among adolescents in eastern and southern Africa. There are two thousand new HIV infections a week among South African girls and young women: two thousand reasons to do things better.
Together Tomorrow is a study of the Human Sciences Research Council, exploring the HIV prevention needs of male-male partnerships.
This mixed methods study took place in South Africa and Namibia, and involved almost 250 couples (across study phases) in an attempt to better understand behaviours which could place men at increased risk of HIV.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) have been identified as vulnerable to HIV infection and a deeper understanding of the unique behaviours, needs and challenges of male-male partnerships is required.
The study took place in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Network in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and Positive Vibes in Namibia, and in collaboration with investigators from the University of California, San Francisco and University of Michigan.
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Findings presented at AIDS Impact, Cape Town, 2017
1. Coping mechanisms utilised by same-sex couples in Southern Africa, in the context of homophobia and HIV, Gillespie et al (Poster)
2. Queering public healthcare spaces for men who have sex with men in the context of HIV&AIDS: a qualitative study.Ngidi et al (Poster)
3. Sexual agreements among same-sex couples. Essack et al.
4. Engagement in HIV prevention and treatment activities among male couples in South Africa and Namibia. More...
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