Dr Rebecca Hodes

Deputy Director Aids and Society Research Unit, University of Cape Town

At 28, Dr Rebecca Hodes's list of academic
achievements is longer than the waiting list at
Chris Hani-Baragwanath.
The founder of the students HIV/Aids Resistance
Campaign at Rhodes � the most active student
group of its kind in the country � Hodes won a
scholarship to undertake her graduate studies at
Oxford, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on HIV
and South African television. But instead of adding
to South Africa's growing "brain drain� , she brought
her knowledge to the Treatment Action Campaign,
whose policy, communication and research
department she managed before joining uCT's
Aids and Society Research unit.
A passionate writer, who admires the style of Ariel
Levy, Hodes takes her activism to heart and paper,
communicating issues around sexuality and racy
activist strategies to theatrical politicians and the
patients they refuse to acknowledge. And though
she believes that the era of state-sponsored Aids
denialism has past, she isn't about to let an era of
"theoretical� advancements begin. Not on her
watch. � Cat Pritchard

Lunch spot: Liquorice and Lime, Kloof Street, Cape Town