Tag: South Africa

World AIDS Day 2018

In recognition of World AIDS Day, we are sharing some recent work from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, which was established in 2009 with a dual mission to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and to serve as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology.

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A FRESH Look at HIV Prevention and Women’s Empowerment

Researchers at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard recently published an editorial in Science Immunology detailing their efforts to combine basic science and social good to reduce the high rate of HIV infection in young South African women while simultaneously empowering them. Here is a brief summary.

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Can Beauty Salons Connect South African Women to Life Saving Health Services?

If you’ve ever spent time in a beauty salon, you know that hair stylists give their clients more than just a new cut, color or style. They often serve as friends and confidants, dispensing advice on relationships, family and work challenges. But could they also help to prevent unwanted pregnancies and stop the spread of […]

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Bacterial Communities of the Female Genital Tract May Have an Impact on Inflammation, HIV Risk

A team of researchers from Mass General and the Ragon Institute of Mass General, MIT and Harvard has found that certain bacteria populations found in healthy South Africa women are significantly different from those of healthy women in more developed countries. Moreover, they found that these bacteria are associated with increased inflammation in the genital […]

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