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The current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa: Research findings and implications for programme development

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This workshop presented key findings from the 2012 national HIV population-based household survey (SABSSM4) and discussed their implications for both HIV/AIDS policy and programming in the country. The workshop brought together HIV researchers from within the HSRC and from other research organisations, including universities and policy makers drawn from the national Departments of Health, Social Development, Basic Education, Higher Education and Training, and Public Service and Administration. It will also include experts from SANAC Secretariat and its various sectors, UN agencies such as UNAIDS, and PEPFAR and other US agencies such as CDC.

The discussion focused on the current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa, based on the findings of the 2012 population-based household survey (SABSSM4 that were released on 1 April 2014). The main aim was to discuss the implications of the findings on the current HIV/AIDS policies and programmes and efforts to implement them. In addition, it sought to identify gaps in information which could be addressed in next national HIV population-based household survey (SABSSM5) planned for 2015-2016.

Presentations are attached and further reports will be shared when they are made available. The final report and datasets from the survey can be downloaded here. A research brief from the workshop can also be downloaded above.