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AIDS Impact 2017

13th International AIDS Impact Conference, Cape Town (November 13-15)

AIDS Impact is a small biennial meeting of researchers in the fields of behavioural and social science for HIV treatment and prevention. The 2017 conference hosted 540 delegates from 58 countries.

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A rousing opening “presentation” by University of Stellenbosch researchers

This conference highlighted structural barriers to, and interventions for prevention. Important themes of the 2017 conference included the HIV risk associated with stigma, mental health issues and gender-based violence. There was little attention to social and behaviour change interventions. As with previous conferences this year (AIDS 2017, SA AIDS) there was a strong emphasis on adolescents.

EHPSA at AIDS Impact

EHPSA researchers had a large presence at the conference, with four EHPSA studies making a total of 13 presentations:

  • EMPOWER: three presentations - GBV screening; PrEP motivation and Empowerment clubs. More…
  • Girl Power: one presentation - user perception of GP clinics More…
  • Mzantsi Wakho: one oral poster presentation - HIV-positive boys’ experience during initiation; four presentations - HIV transmission risk for positive adolescents; perinatally and horizontally infected adolescents; working with adolescent advisory groups; and healthcare that protects against stigma. More…
  • Together tomorrow: one oral poster presentation - sexual agreements between MSM couples; two posters (abstract only) - MSM-friendly health services; coping mechanism for MSM couples; one presentation – early findings from study on MSM couples. More…

Together Tomorrow launch

The Together Tomorrow team used the AIDS Impact Conference as an opportunity to launch their study. A media roundtable about HIV risk and male-male couples was held in the margins of the conference. This was well attended and, so far has resulted in five print articles in large-circulation South African newspapers, five online articles, five radio interviews and two television slots.

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Prof Heidi van Rooyen addresses media roundtable on Together Tomorrow research results.

EHPSA Blogs

  • Adolescent-friendly health services? Read…
  • Understanding HIV +ve adolescents. Read… 
  • The 18 million and the two thousand. Read…

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