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A cheap antibiotic (called doxycycline) used to treat skin infections and to stop people from getting malaria could also work to prevent chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, found a United States study in men who have sex with men and transgender women.
A new HIV prevention medicine could work even better than daily pills but if nothing changes it costs over R300 000 to treat one person for a year.
Linda-Gail Bekker says researching infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and HIV is like a colossal round of the murder mystery cluedo. Follow the story of the scientist with the purple pixie-cut from a farm in Zimbabwe to her inauguration as the first African president of the International Aids Society and beyond.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted access to services for HIV prevention and treatment — but before that great progress had been made in these areas. An ever-expanding toolkit of new interventions and medications has helped turn what was once a death sentence into a manageable chronic condition. Find out more.
The first cases of Aids were recorded four decades ago this year. So many years later the fight is far from over, but there have been some huge victories nonetheless. Take a look back.
South Africa is ahead of local targets to roll out the HIV prevention pill. Meanwhile, the available tools for HIV prevention are expanding, but the devil’s in the detail of getting the medicines to the people in a way that works for them.
Four COVID jabs’ efficacy results have been released within less than a year after the trials had started. But this is far from the norm. Researchers have been working on HIV vaccines for over three decades — and we still don’t have one. Here’s why.
New data shows that a two-monthly injection prevented more HIV infections than when people took a daily HIV prevention pill.
Sperm washing, assisted insemination & long hospital waits — if you were lucky. This is what falling pregnant when you were HIV-positive used to look like. But things are changing for the better.
Imagine if every young woman had the option of getting a simple implant at school that could cut her risk of contracting HIV by 75%?
A monthly vaginal ring loaded with antiretroviral medication ould reduce women’s risk of contracting HIV, becoming the first long-acting form of PrEP.
If you are a man who has sex with men, the HIV prevention pill just keeps getting better. Find out how.
Men who have sex with men can now safely use the HIV prevention pill before and after sex, instead of every day.
HIV-positive people who have very low levels of HIV in their blood can’t sexually transmit the virus. Here’s what it means for you & SA.
This tablet can help to protect the country's young women from contracting HIV.
A vaginal ring could one day offer women dual protection against HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies. Unless this happens.