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24 November 2023

HSRC to release the much anticipated HIV study results

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Johannesburg, Friday, 24 November 2023 The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) invites members of the media to the release of the sixth South African HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey results (also known as the sixth South Africa Behavioural, Sero-status and Media impact survey (SABSSM VI). The launch will be held at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) PRF Training Centre, Sandringham on Monday, 27 November 2023 at 11h00.

The survey results will be officially released by the HSRC CEO, Prof. Sarah Mosoetsa, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande and Deputy Minister of the National Department of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dlomo.

First commissioned by Former President Nelson Mandela in 2001, the study is a population-based, cross-sectional survey of households throughout South Africa that gathers information on HIV incidence, prevalence, and other related indicators in South Africa.

The HSRC has implemented a series of population-based surveys on HIV over the past 20 years, starting with the 2002 Nelson Mandela/HSRC-funded survey on HIV and AIDS, followed by the 2005, 2008, 2012, and 2017 surveys. The 2022 survey is the sixth one in the series.

The 2022 study, or SABSSM VI, was conducted in all nine provinces of South Africa among participants aged 0 years and above from over 27,000 households on key HIV indicators, social and behavioural factors, and access to medical interventions in South Africa.

The study was led by the HSRC in collaboration with partners and was conducted with funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with technical collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South African Medical Research Council, NICD, University of Cape Town, South African National Aids Council,  and UNAIDS.

The launch can be attended physically at the NICD, PRF Auditorium, Sandringham, and HSRC centres in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, or virtually via this link:

Details of the event:

Date:               27 November 2023

Time:               11h00

Venue:             National Institute for Communicable Diseases, PRF Training Centre, 1 Modderfontein Road, Sandringham, 2131

Send RSVP to Adziliwi Nematandani or Masego Masenya  for attending physically at the NICD venue.

To attend at the HSRC centres, RSVP to:

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Centre, 1st floor, HSRC Library, Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact:  Fikile Mashigwana, 012 302 2000, or

Cape Town: HSRC Video Conference Centre, The Yacht Club, 2 Dockrail Road, Cape Town, Contact: Sinazo Ndiki, 021 466 7946, or

Durban: 2nd floor, 102 Stephen Dlamini Rd, Essenwood, Berea, 4001, Contact Ms Thembo Mkhwanazi, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 066 006 4794 or, or Wiseman Mbambo e-mail:

Send RSVP to Adziliwi Nematandani or Masego Masenya  for attending physically at the NICD venue.

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Notes to the Editor

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, performing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations, and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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