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The university continues to produce important research on HIV and AIDS across all disciplines, as well as socially responsive initiatives and key HIV/AIDS management strategies. And when it comes to incorporating HIV and AIDS into the formal curriculum, there are many examples to build on.
Dresses made from condoms were some of the attractions as UCT students massed on Jammie Plaza for an HIV-awareness and prevention event hosted by the HIV/AIDS Co-ordination Unit (aka HAICU) on 9 February. KFM presenter Kia Johnson in a key message to students, spoke about HIV prevention, getting tested, knowing your status and making informed decisions.
The Human Resources Department-run annual Wellness Fair, underway until 15 October, is fast becoming bigger and more popular among UCT staff and students. The Atrium in the Humanities Graduate School Building was buzzing as people took advantage of the scores of internal and external health and wellness service providers.
Flowers were laid at the remains of the Closet last week, following the fire that damaged the structure. The Closet was installed in front of the Jameson Hall by RainbowUCT, a student organisation promoting sexual diversity and human rights, on 4 October 2010, to launch Pink Week.
UCT surgeon Dr Elmi Muller and her team have received world attention for their historic transplants of kidneys from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients. Since carrying out the world's first such transplant in October 2008, the team has performed nine similar procedures.
UCT hosted a five-day HIV/ART mentorship programme for primary care nurses from 17 to 21 May. What makes the Mentorship Programme for Nurses in Primary Care in HIV/ART Management course stand out is that besides being taught the latest guidelines on the rollout of antiretroviral medication, they're encouraged to share this knowledge with their colleagues.
Some UCT students are still indifferent to and surprisingly ignorant of the dreadful HIV/AIDS pandemic, despite the fact that millions of South Africans are infected and affected by it, according to the Students Representative Council (SRC). To compound the situation, the estimated 10% of students living with the virus are subjected to stigma by certain fellow students.
Recent research suggests that sexual concurrency - sexual relationships that overlap in time - could be a major factor in the spread of HIV infections in Africa. Following on a more formal presentation on the topic by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication at UCT last month, HIV-AIDS Co-ordination - UCT (HAICU) hosted a more fun edutainment session on campus last week.
Two HIV vaccines developed by UCT's Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) have begun clinical testing at Crossroads in Cape Town, and in Soweto, Johannesburg.