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About the Society

The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (the Society) is a membership organisation of over 3 000 health care workers with an interest in HIV. The Society’s mission is to promote evidence-based, quality HIV healthcare in Southern Africa.

The Society is a non-profit company (NPC) and is governed by a thirteen-member Board of Directors, all of whom serve a two-year term.

The Society’s membership includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals working in the field of HIV. Members of the Society are amongst the most respected and influential HIV clinicians and policy makers within Southern Africa and hold prestigious positions within academic, public and private organisations in the field of HIV in the region.

The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society strives to support and strengthen the capacity of its members to deliver high quality, evidence-based HIV prevention, care and treatment services through the following activities:

  • Journals and Publications: The Society’s flagship publication is the Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine. The Journal was founded in 2000 and publishes original research, case reports, commentary and reviews.

Since 2010, the Society has produced a magazine specifically for nurses working in HIV, HIV Nursing Matters. The magazine is led by an Editorial Advisory Board and serves as a resource for nurses in the region providing HIV services, including the initiation and management of antiretroviral treatment.

  • Practice Guidelines: The Society appoints expert committees to develop guidelines addressing aspects of the management of HIV. Guidelines developed by the Society are adopted by the medical aid industry and have been adapted by the National Department of Health.
  • Meetings: The Society hosts regular CPD-accredited cme-meetings across Southern Africa. These meetings foster interaction among HIV health care professionals and provide up-to-date information on HIV.
  • Conference: The Society host its Conference every second year. The conference focuses on clinical content for HIV and TB health care workers. The Society’s inaugural conference, “Striving for Clinical Excellence”, was held in November 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Clinical Resources: In February 2012 the Society launched an online clinical case study programme to support increased access to high quality, evidence-based HIV information to clinicians via the internet. The programme is CPD-accredited and covers relevant and timely clinical issues impacting HIV providers. The Society also moderates two discussion group listservs: one on paediatric and adolescent HIV, and one on policy and ethics.
  • Policy and Advocacy: The Society advocates for the highest quality HIV care for people living with HIV, and is a powerful and independent voice within Southern Africa, with key representation from the most experienced and respected professionals working in the fight against HIV.


Interested in joining the Society? 

All health care providers interested in HIV and in supporting the Society’s mission to promote evidence-based, high quality HIV care are invited to complete an application.

The membership fees are as follows:

  • Doctors: R400 per annum
  • Nurses and allied health professionals: R300 per annum
  • Discounted packages are available for organisations (NGO) that wish to arrange group membership. This amounts to R3500/annum for 10 members or R6000/annum for 20 members.


Membership Application Form:

Complete the online membership application form – click here
Download the membership application form and return it by email (admin@sahivsoc.org) or fax 011 728 1251.

Payment Options:
Payment can be made by cheque, electronic transfer or online via Payfast. Click here to view further information


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