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The latest international news, analysis and features on the HIV epidemic from AVERT. Share your views and expertise with your peers in the comments box below the articles.

14 February 2017

HIV self-testing a useful tool for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) delivery in Kenya

Mixed-status couples using PrEP could benefit from HIV self-testing as a way to quickly diagnose any new infections and reduce frequency of clinic visits.

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10 February 2017

Lack of female head of household and distance to clinic linked to loss to follow-up in Malawi

Identifying individuals at high risk of disengaging with HIV care remains an important strategy for realising the benefits of antiretroviral treatment for public health.

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09 February 2017

“Knocking out” genes in cells of people living with HIV could lead to new methods of treatment, say scientists

Targeting the human genes that HIV takes over and uses to replicate could provide a new approach to HIV treatment and suppression – although more research is required.

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02 February 2017

People living with HIV may be more at risk of diabetes

HIV as a risk factor for diabetes has long been controversial, but new evidence shows that people living with HIV have increased diabetes prevalence compared to the general population.

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27 January 2017

Discovery of chemical messages between viruses could provide new way to induce HIV latency

One of the first studies into viral communication shows that viruses that infect bacteria (phages) leave chemical messages for each other which help them decide whether to kill or linger. Disrupting these messages could provide a new way to control HIV.

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25 January 2017

11 things to expect from an HIV home-test

HIV home-testing kits are available in a growing number of countries. They offer you the convenience of taking an HIV test in your own time and in the privacy of your own home – but are they for everyone?

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19 January 2017

Rural and urban patterns of HIV drug resistance in South Africa

HIV is more proactively monitored among urban HIV patients than rural patients, and drug resistance and treatment failure is less prevalent. However outcomes for second line treatment remain similar.

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13 January 2017

Vaginal bacteria could play a key role in regulating HIV risk among women

Understanding the vaginal microbiome and how it impacts HIV risk could help develop more effective treatment and prevention strategies for young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

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11 January 2017

Interventions to keep people in HIV care more cost-effective than a ‘treat all’ approach

Treatment scale-up has had major public health benefits. But where resources are scarce, interventions to keep people in care could be more cost-effective than moving to treat everybody living with HIV after diagnosis.

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