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HIV research in South Africa: Advancing life

G Gray, Tanya Doherty, Lerato Mohapi, Jenny Coetzee, Kathryn L Hopkins, Mookho Malahleha, Erica Lazarus, Janan Dietrich, Victoria Pillay-van Wyk, Fatima Laher

Abstract


South African (SA) researchers have made both national and global contributions to HIV prevention and treatment. Research conducted in SA has contributed markedly to improved survival in HIV-infected infants, children and adults. The translation of clinical research into practice has enabled the curtailment of paediatric HIV in SA. Along with international collaborators, SA has made pivotal contributions to biomedical prevention modalities including medical male circumcision and oral and topical microbicides, and is undertaking pivotal HIV vaccine research. Research into the structural and psychosocial drivers of HIV infection will be critical for sustaining biomedical interventions, and necessary to end AIDS.


Authors' affiliations

G Gray, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tanya Doherty, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

Lerato Mohapi, Perinatal HIV Research Unit

Jenny Coetzee, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Kathryn L Hopkins, Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Mookho Malahleha, Setshaba Research Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

Erica Lazarus, Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Janan Dietrich, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Victoria Pillay-van Wyk, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

Fatima Laher, Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2019;109(11b):36-40. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i11b.14264

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Date submitted: 2019-12-05
Date published: 2019-12-05

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