The Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, CAPRISA, is working to unlock the secrets and weaknesses of HIV and TB in one of the most highly affected populations on earth.
In a waiting room inside Durban, South Africa’s eThekwini research clinic, Dr. Nigel Garrett, wearing a white lab coat and a couple of days of facial stubble, talks with five waiting volunteers. Between Garret and the volunteers is a side table stacked with slices of white bread for noshing as they wait for their names to be called.
Nurses and case workers emerge from and enter the door to a small examination and treatment room connected to the waiting area. Inside that room, one woman sits at a table and records numbers on spreadsheets, the anonymized identifications of the people outside and the trial biopharmaceuticals they are about to receive. Next to her are bags of liquids for infusions that are waiting to get hung beside an easy chair facing her table. READ MORE »