Young women who have sexual relationships with older men often are dealing with inequitable power dynamics, little capacity to negotiate safe sex or to refuse sex, and—therefore —a greater risk of acquiring HIV.
Johanna Theunissen, Communications Officer, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi
More than 120 people from 11 countries across three continents attended the 20th Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) network meeting from November 12-16, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The annual network meeting brings together clinicians, program managers, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) staff, and other key cadres to learn from each other and exchange experiences for improved healthcare programming and service delivery.
Erica Penfold, Senior Manager of Learning and Dissemination, Wits RHI
Presenting at the recent Southern African Communications for Change conference, the Wits RHI Key Populations project revealed some interesting findings from its study to assess whether sustained use of mobile communication can influence behaviour change in the sex worker population in Hillbrow and Tshwane in Gauteng province.
Of no surprise to those in the HIV field, the epidemic continues to be fueled by stigma, none more evident than among key and mobile populations, such as people who inject drugs and sex workers. Speakers at the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society conference shared their experiences in working with these groups and challenged participants to view them as people – and not merely a public health problem.
Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programs have been incredibly successful across southern Africa. However, presentations at the second day of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society Conference highlighted important gaps in pediatric testing and treatment.