Kwabena Asare receives HVTN Young Investigator Award

12 June 2023

Kwabena Asare, a PhD candidate and statistician at CAPRISA, supervised by Prof Nigel Garrett, Head of Vaccine and Pathogenesis Research, received the HVTN Bonnie Mathieson Young Investigator award for his publication titled "Impact of Point-of-Care Testing on the Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections in South Africa: Evidence from the HVTN702 Human Immunodeficiency Vaccine Trial."

Collaborating with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), Asare's research focused on the impact of point-of-care testing on the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in South Africa. The study found that this rapid diagnostic approach significantly improved STI management by enabling timely diagnoses, treatment and detection of adverse events highlighting the utility of point-of-care testing for STI care in resource-limited settings.

Asare's achievement highlights the importance of collaboration and showcases his contributions to the field of HIV and STI research. “The award serves as an encouragement for young researchers”, said Garrett “and underscores the potential of their work in advancing global.

Pictured: (L-R) Mr Kwabera Asare with his supervisor Prof Nigel Garrett