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Aurum staff participate in international HIV/AIDS awareness campiagn

Aurum staff participate in international HIV/AIDS awareness campiagn

Staff from The Aurum institute’s Rustenburg Clinical Research Site, participated in an international campaign to mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).

This is a US commemoration observed annually on February 7, to raise awareness, spur conversation and highlight the work being done to reduce HIV in Black communities. It is an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, care and treatment in these communities.

On invitation from the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) network, the Aurum staff shared what Black HIV/AIDS Awareness means to them.

The ACTG is the world’s largest and longest running HIV clinical trials network. It conducts ground-breaking research to improve the treatment of HIV and its co-infections, including tuberculosis and viral hepatitis, as well as its co-morbidities. It also seeks to advance approaches to ultimately cure HIV. ACTG has clinical trial units and sites in 16 countries which also serve as major resources for HIV/AIDS research and training and education in the communities they are in. These include Aurum Rustenburg. ACTG clinical studies have had a profound impact on the well-being of people living with HIV worldwide, helping to establish current paradigms for treating HIV and contributing to dramatic decreases in HIV-related mortality worldwide.