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CHS HIV/Aids Interest Group

CHS HIV/Aids Interest Group

More than 60% of the world’s population who is living with HIV is in Southern Africa and more than half of them are women (UNAIDS 2010). In South Africa more than 5, 7 million people are living with HIV and the high-risk age group is between 15 and 49 years, with an average of 28% of the women who are living with HIV (Department of Health 2009).

The College of Human Sciences is a strategic role player in Unisa’s institutional response to the AIDS pandemic in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Through the University’s vision Towards the African University in Service of Humanity, the College is coordinating and mobilising social leadership that is relevant to and accountable for responses to the impacts of HIV and AIDS on sustainable development and quality of life.

As part of UNISA's College of Human Sciences Integrared Academic Response to HIV/Aids the College will be hosting a National Research Conference on Social Behaviour Change Towards sustainaible prevention of HIV, STIs and TB. 

The primary aim of the National Research Conference is to create a platform for all academia, policy and programme developers, researchers and communities to get together and take stock of social behaviour change strategies towards sustainable prevention of HIV, STIs and TB in Africa.  We need to consolidate good practices to be replicated where possible and also find the uniqueness of Africa to ensure sustainable prevention.