About HIV Prevention

Uncovering the factors contributing to HIV infection vulnerability

The SAMRC’s HIV Prevention Research Unit (HPRU) runs epidemiological, behavioural, basic science and clinical studies to investigate the vulnerability of women to HIV infection. This research is based on evidence that South African women are at highest risk of HIV infection, which also makes them more vulnerable to HIV-related diseases like TB. More recently, focus has been on both men and women as current data suggests that men have been left behind.

The HPRU also works with the South African Department of Health to strengthen the country’s health systems delivery.

Key focus areas

  • Men and women’s behavioural, biological, social and structural vulnerabilities to HIV;
  • HIV and associated diseases;
  • Conducting innovative biomedical HIV prevention research;
  • Exploring the combination HIV prevention strategies to address individual’s and community-based HIV risk
  • Exploring methods in translating evidence based research into policy and programmes.