The public health importance of HIV and sexually transmitted infections within Africa

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including those caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) types 1 and 2, remain a major public health problem in Africa. Published estimates of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS  show that South Africa has the highest burden of HIV infections with recent estimates of 7.7 million people living with HIV.

The Centre for HIV and STIs (CHIVSTI) has a strong track record in the research disciplines of HIV virology, HIV immunology, HIV/STI epidemiology, HIV/STI diagnostics and HIV-STI interactions.

CHIVSTI addresses the challenges of HIV and STI diseases through various programmes:

  • Surveillance of disease burden and antimicrobial resistance;
  • Measurement of endpoint infections and detection;
  • Broadly neutralising antibodies as part of prophylactic HIV vaccine and antibody-mediated protection clinical trials;
  • Exploring an HIV “cure” strategy; and
  • Development and implementation of reference diagnostics and implementation science.

CHIVSTI consists of four sections:

  • HIV Virology;
  • Cell Biology;
  • HIV Molecular and Serology;
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections section.

The centre provides a suitable academic environment for successful supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students and fellows. The centre has well-established links and collaborations with various key national and international organisations in the field of HIV and STIs.

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