HEAIDS joins UNISA's College of Human Sciences conference on social behavioural change in Africa.

HEAIDS is partnering with the University of South Africa's (UNISA) College of Human Sciences in hosting its 2nd biennial research conference on "social behavioural change towards sustainable prevention of HIV, STI’s and TB in Africa".

The conference will focus on current and new research from across the continent, including in gender dynamics, combined bio-medical interventions and research innovations.

HEAIDS Director, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, said the programme was pleased to be associated with the conference, believing it important as a platform for better understanding the "complex human and social issues" related to HIV and behaviour change.

"The zero goals set by the National Strategic Plan for HIV and TB infections, deaths and discrimination in 20 years time, undoubtedly derive from a positive assessment of the progress being made" he said.

"Credit for this is due to a combination prevention approach that has crucially included social behaviour change interventions. For the first time since the AIDS virus was discovered for example, there are indications of a slowing of HIV incidence as more young people are adopting safe sex practices," he said.

Paying tribute to the HIV related work of social scientists he said "human beings and social processes are highly complex".

"Social behaviour change interventions therefore call for deep analysis and sensitive understanding, which this conference uniquely contributes to".

The conference takes place at UNISA's Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria from 22-24 May 2013.

For more information contact: Mr Leon Roets Convener: CHS HIV/AIDS Interest Group -UNISA Tel: 012 429 6975 / roetshjl@unisa.ac.za