‘Most exciting era’ for HIV

HIV infecting a human cell
This human T cell (blue) is under attack by HIV (yellow), the virus that causes AIDS. Copyright: Seth Pincus, Elizabeth Fischer and Austin Athman, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH, Public domain

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Season 2, Episode 13

The world has entered the most exciting era in science, says Quarraisha Abdool Karim, a leading AIDS researcher. Despite the world being off track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, South Africa’s Abdool Karim says there are now a wide range of options available for women and men to prevent HIV infection.

Abdool Karim tells Africa Science Focus that the COVID-19 and AIDS pandemics have shown that no one is an island. She tells reporter Dhashen Moodley that while differences of opinion are a fundamental part of science, communities need to work together and build trust to beat the biggest health challenges facing the world today.

Africa Science Focus, with Michael Kaloki.

Learn more about Quarraisha Abdool Karim’s career


This programme was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.