At the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation’s (DTHF) March research meeting, we had the pleasure of not one, but two presentations. The speakers were the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Ms Monika Kamkuemah and the DTHF’s Dr Emily Krogstad.
HIV and Chronic Disease
Kamkuemah is interested in examining which risk behaviours are present in adolescents that contribute to the development of chronic diseases. Examples of these include activities such as tobacco use, diet and physical inactivity. This will lay the foundation for the development of prevention strategies.
HIV Prevention and Bioengineering
Dr Krogstad discussed her PhD research at the University of Washington where she designed, made and tested nanofibres that contained an HIV-prevention drug. The final aim was to create a fabric that could be inserted into high HIV-risk bodily areas (i.e. vaginally or rectally) and, by doing so, prevent the virus from establishing HIV infection during sex. The fabric would dissolve and deliver the drug to prevent HIV infection.