The sixth South African HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (SABSSM VI) launched in Limpopo

CATEGORY: Human and Social Capabilities
DATE: 21 April 2022

Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC)

Pretoria, Wednesday 20 April 2022 –  At the moment, the Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC) and companions launched the Limpopo chapter of the sixth South African HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (often known as the sixth South African Behavioural, Sero-status and Media Impression Survey or SABSSM VI in brief) to assemble info on HIV incidence, prevalence and different associated indicators in South Africa.

First commissioned by President Nelson Mandela in 2001, the research is a inhabitants based mostly, cross-sectional survey of households all through South Africa. 

In accordance with the Total Principal Investigator Prof Khangelani Zuma of the HSRC, the survey is performed to know the components driving the HIV epidemic and its dynamics and is used to tell insurance policies and techniques to deal with the epidemic. 

The survey is repeated roughly each 5 years. This yr marks the twentieth anniversary of the primary spherical of the survey. One necessary addition to the research yr is {that a} sub-sample of contributors can be randomly chosen to check for SARS-Cov-2 antibodies, letting us higher perceive the true influence of  COVID-19 in South Africa. 

The South African Nationwide AIDS Council (SANAC) is a long-time collaborator of the undertaking. SANAC  CEO Dr Thembisile Xulu mentioned: “This research is arguably crucial well being survey carried out within the county. It provides us an up-to-date image of HIV prevalence and incidence. Plus, it helps us establish sizzling spot areas, in order that the Division of Well being and Division of Social Growth can develop extremely focused interventions to deal with the unfold of HI and supply remedy to those who want it most.”

What’s the intention of the survey?

The information gathered through the survey is used to find out the HIV prevalence, incidence, antiretroviral remedy (ART) publicity, viral load suppression, HIV drug resistance, and danger behaviors in South Africa. This info is important in shaping our nation’s HIV coverage.

HSRC makes use of cutting-edge expertise and an unlimited community of fieldworkers to interact with individuals throughout the size and breadth of the nation, to make sure that the information gathered is correct and helpful in shaping coverage and technique on the highest degree.

The research will happen throughout all 9 provinces and is focusing on a complete of 93 000 contributors from roughly 25 000 households. 

Area employees have already began working in communities and can proceed all through 2022. The success of the survey is dependent upon individuals throughout the nation opening their doorways and permitting our subject employees into their properties to finish the survey.

“When Mandela first launched this survey in 2001, he acknowledged the significance of utilizing information to get an correct image of the HIV pandemic and its influence on the nation. On the time we surveyed 9 000 individuals and we’re delighted that the survey has grown in magnitude and makes such a helpful contribution to offering individuals with entry to testing and remedy to make sure that they stay lengthy and wholesome lives,” mentioned Mr Sello Hatang, the Nelson Mandela Basis chief government.   

What does the survey contain? 

Fieldworkers, who can be identifiable by their HSRC-marked bibs and id playing cards, will introduce themselves and supply an evidence on the aim of the research. As soon as a participant has consented to take part, subject employees will:  

•Full a questionnaire on the well being behaviour of the participant utilizing a pill; and

•Accumulate a blood pattern to check for HIV, and for a few of the contributors, for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, supplied the participant consents to testing after finishing the questionnaire.

If a participant consents to being examined for HIV, HIV testing and counselling (HTS) information collectors will present pre- and post-test counselling in line with the South African Nationwide HTS pointers. If an individual checks HIV-positive, the HTS counsellor will hyperlink them to HIV remedy with their consent.  

Fieldworkers solely want one hour to finish the survey. Contributors’ security is our primary precedence, so all our subject groups comply with strict COVID-19 protocols, precautions, and measures always. As well as, all info gathered is saved securely and in step with the Safety of Private Info Act

Limpopo Well being MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba inspired residents of Limpopo to welcome subject employees into their properties in order that researchers can be capable of present info to authorities for planning functions. 

“To really inform well being insurance policies and inform selections to learn our nation, the survey wants participation to characterize all South Africans, together with all socio-economic backgrounds, ages, inhabitants teams and locality varieties (rural, city, and farm areas),” mentioned Dr Ramathuba.

The survey is funded by the USA President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Reduction (PEPFAR) by means of the US Facilities for Ailments Management and Prevention (CDC). On the nationwide launch, CDC Nation Director Dr John Blandford mentioned: “The success of this survey rests with the South African individuals. Regardless of issues round COVID-19 and security, we encourage all the chosen households to take part. By finishing the survey, persons are making a direct contribution to shaping South African authorities’s well being insurance policies and making certain that each one the those who want testing and remedy get it.”

SABSSM VI is performed by the HSRC in partnership with the CDC, South African Medical Analysis Council, the College of Cape City, and the Nationwide Institute for Communicable Ailments, and PEPFAR South Africa.

For extra info:


Electronic mail: SABSSMVI@hsrc.ac.za

SABSSM VI WhatsApp Chatbot:  +27 73 505 5078

For media enquiries

Adziliwi Nematandani, 

Cell: 0827659191 

Electronic mail: anematandani@hsrc.ac.za

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