An article in The Times newspaper details a study, published on Friday, which suggests that women in South Africa might be biologically predisposed to contracting HIV, explaining in part why local women are among the world's most susceptible.
John Maytham spoke to Dr. Lindi Masson, Researcher at the Mucosal Immunology Laboratory at UCT:
We were interested in trying to figure out the biological factors that might explain the very high rate of HIV infection that are seen in most South African women.— Dr. Lindi Masson, Researcher at the Mucosal Immunology Laboratory, UCT
Dr. Masson is working on developing a simple and inexpensive test to detect inflammation of the vagina so that women with high levels of inflammation can be easily identified and treated.
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show: