HIV is a complex disease that continues to infect new people because webs of social structures make it easy to propagate. In South Africa, violence against women is a key factor that spreads HIV.

Researchers at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation have been working to implement interventions that educate men and women. These discussions are sometimes the first time that people in these situations, both abusers and the abused, have realised that what they’re experiencing is abuse.

The study, based, in Johannesburg, is receiving positive feedback from its participants, but there is still more work to do. With more experience and feedback, the researchers hope to find the best ways to help each person and then expand the number of people they can assist.

This article first appeared on the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation website. To read the article in its entirety, click the link below.

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