Towards a world free of HIV

Welcome to APHA – the Advocacy for Prevention of HIV and AIDS. Founded in December 2015 by human rights, health and HIV activists, Yvette Raphael, Brian Kanyemba and Ntando Yola, we are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the HIV global epidemic.

Our particular focus is on key and vulnerable communities in South Africa and we work in partnership with communities, NGOs and the medical profession to find and promote rights-based solutions to preventing new infections.

We advocate for investment in multiple interventions and support a research-driven approach to ensure community-friendly products that can be rolled out to those who need them most.

Our primary focus is on mobilizing and equipping communities to participate in research projects and influence public policy around the rollout of HIV prevention products.

About US

Fast Facts

7.9 Million

About 7.9 million people in South Africa are currently living with HIV

4.4. Million

Over 4.4. million are on treatment

Youth Infections

While the HIV incidence is declining, new infection among youth - particularly adolescent girls and young women - remains persistently high across the African sub-continent

2, 500 Weekly Infections

In South Africa almost 2, 500 young women and girls are infected each week while key population such as Men who have Sex with Men, Sex Workers, People who Inject/Use Drugs, Transwomen and other vulnerable groups remain underdiagnosed and undertreated with higher mortality and morbidity rates


Community engagement and partnerships are key to accelerating ethically robust and locally relevant HIV prevention research

Bio-Medical Interventions

APHA has been at the forefront of campaigning for access to all new HIV biomedical interventions such as Topical and Systemic Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis as primary weapons at our disposal to defeat this disease

Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

In 2019, 24,000 potential new infections were prevented thanks to access to Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)