International AIDS Symposium

21 August 2017 | Story Pete van der Woude. Photo IAS Steve Forrest Workers Photos.
Prof Linda-Gail Bekker at the International AIDS Symposium (IAS) Conference 2017.
Prof Linda-Gail Bekker at the International AIDS Symposium (IAS) Conference 2017.

The International AIDS Symposium (IAS) Conference 2017 was a wealth of cutting-edge research and discussion on HIV and AIDS, and the representatives from the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) were no exception.

Opening the conference, Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, IAS president and International Scientific Chair of IAS 2017, emphasised the need to maintain funding to continue the fight against HIV in order to build on the progress that has been made. Much of that progress is ongoing at the DTHF.

Dr Katherine Gill presented the results of the Plus Pills  study, an evaluation of how South African adolescents between 15 and 19 respond to a daily pill of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of their HIV-prevention toolbox. Continuing the topic of HIV prevention, Lulu Nair presented the rationale for the REACH study, which researches PrEP and the use of the dapivirine vaginal ring among young African women aged 16 to 21 years.

Dr Millicent Atujuna presented her research on how family household structures can affect whether adolescents take the HIV-prevention drug, PrEP.

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