In early August 2009 a group of leading HIV and AIDS experts
met to plan a major "Modes of Transmission" study of South Africa's
epidemic. This was the first meeting of the KYE/KYR National Task
Team that will come up with a comprehensive report on the nature
and progress of the epidemic, and the response to it across the
Members of national and provincial government, civil
society, multilateral organisations and donors who have formed the
KYE/KYR National Task Team
The study will compile all existing data and conduct new studies in
order to come to a better understanding of incidence, or new
infections, and where most recent HIV infections are occuring. It
will also review the current response, and highlight gaps and new
areas of work that have the potential to mitigate the epidemic and
These Modes of Transmission studies are being increasingly used
across the continent to sharpen the response to the epidemic.
This study was requested by SANAC as part of the mid-term review of
the SA HIV&AIDS National Strategic Plan. It will inform
government policy and programming on HIV prevention.
The task team aims to complete the first stage of its work by the
end of September 2009.
Read the full meeting report [PDF