The sixth South African HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (SABSSM VI) kicks off

DATE: 8 February 2022

Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC)

Pretoria, Tuesday 8 February  2022 –  At present, the Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC) and companions launched the sixth South African HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (often known as the sixth South African Behavioural, Sero-status and Media Influence Survey (SABSSM VI) to assemble info on HIV incidence, prevalence and different associated indicators in South Africa. 

First commissioned by Former President Nelson Mandela in 2001, the research is a population-based, 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 carried out to know the components driving the HIV epidemic and its dynamics and is used to tell insurance policies and techniques to sort out the epidemic. 

The survey is repeated roughly each 5 years. This 12 months marks the twentieth anniversary of the primary spherical of the survey. One necessary addition to the research 12 months is {that a} sub-sample of individuals 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 mission. SANAC  CEO Dr Thembisile Xulu stated: “This research is arguably an important well being survey finished within the county. It offers us an up-to-date image of HIV prevalence and incidence. Plus, it helps us determine sizzling spot areas, in order that the Division of Well being and Division of Social Improvement can develop extremely focused interventions to handle the unfold of HI and supply remedy to those who want it most.”

What’s the purpose of the survey?

The info 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 vital in shaping our nation’s HIV coverage.

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

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

Subject staff have already began working in communities and can proceed all through 2022. The success of the survey relies on individuals throughout the nation opening their doorways and permitting our subject staff into their houses 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 invaluable contribution to offering individuals with entry to testing and remedy to make sure that they stay lengthy and wholesome lives,” stated Mr Sello Hatang, the Nelson Mandela Basis chief govt.   

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 as to the aim of the research. As soon as a participant has consented to take part, our subject staff will:  

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

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

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

Our fieldworkers solely want one hour to finish the survey. Members’ 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 according to the Safety of Private Data Act.

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

SABSSM VI is carried out 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:

Fb :https://www.facebook.com/SABSSM6/ 

E-mail: SABSSMVI@hsrc.ac.za

For media enquiries

Adziliwi Nematandani, 

Cell: 0827659191, 

E-mail: anematandani@hsrc.ac.za

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Our mandate is to tell the efficient formulation and monitoring of presidency coverage; to guage coverage implementation; to stimulate public debate by the efficient dissemination of research-based information and fact-based analysis outcomes; to foster analysis collaboration; and to assist construct analysis capability and infrastructure for the human sciences. 

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