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  • 4 months ago

    We love getting feedback from our users! Which is why we’ve added a feedback tool to all our pages. Simply click on the ‘feedback’ button on the side of the page and let us know how your visit to Avert.org has been.

    Feedback tool

  • 4 months ago

    Have you seen our latest Talking HIV? Shamal Waraich and Thobe Bandama talk about what it's like to live with HIV in their communities and why it's time to lift the taboo of talking about sex and sexual health.

    Shamal and Thobe talking
  • 4 months ago

    We’ve just launched the third video in our new HIV explainer series. ‘How does HIV treatment work?’ tells you exactly what antiretroviral treatment does and what to expect from it. Check it out!

    How does HIV treatment work?
  • 4 months ago

    Ever wondered what HIV looks like? Or how it works? We’ve put together a new series of infographics explaining the structure and lifecycle of HIV.

    HIV life cycle infographic
  • 5 months ago

    Great to see our myths infographics in action! Being used by Cricket Without Boundaries in their coaching sessions to educate children about HIV.

    Avert infographic being used by Cricket without Boundaries

    “Avert’s online resources have been invaluable for Cricket Without Boundaries – for training our volunteers the website is a great source of accessible information sheets and online quizzes, and the simple, clear and engaging infographics have been brilliant for printing out, laminating, and using as part of games in our coaching sessions with children. They’re a great way to get conversations started about HIV - we’ve used the resources with thousands of children now and they’ve definitely helped our coaches make sure that the right messages are being taken away from the session.”

  • 5 months ago

    We’ve just launched the second video in our new HIV explainer series. ‘How do you get HIV?’ tells you exactly how HIV gets transmitted from one person to another, and how to protect yourself.

    How do you get HIV? video

    If you know how you get HIV, you’ll know how to protect yourself.

  • 5 months ago

    Great to hear this feedback about our Facebook page!

    Facebook quote

    “Such a great page thank you!! I was diagnosed HIV positive 6 months ago. I have just stumbled across your page and the 15 minutes of reading I have done has been such a help!”

  • 5 months ago

    In Zambia, young people with HIV often struggle to complete school due to stigma, illness and hospital visits making their prospects for economic security challenging. Our partner in Zambia, BISO, has been working to change that, by providing entrepreneurship skills training for young people living with HIV.

    BISO project in Zambia

    One of their members, Emmanuel, said this of his time in the programme:

    ‘I really want to thank BISO for introducing this training for us. Many times people think that being HIV+ is the end of the world and that PLHIV are not viable and productive anymore. Ever since I got these skills, we worked with my colleagues to establish a business which has helped me become more economically independent in the future.’

  • 5 months ago

    Did you know we’re on Give as you Live? So you can raise money for us just by doing your regular online shop!

    Give as you live

    Simply sign up to the Give as you Live, choose us as your charity and for every online purchase you make from one of the thousands of shops listed, we will receive a donation.

  • 5 months ago

    We’ve been revamping our fact sheets: updating the information and giving them a fresh new look. From HIV testing and treatment, to pregnancy and breastfeeding, we cover a range of topics to help you know the facts about HIV.

    Screenshot of fact sheet
  • 6 months ago

    Great to hear this feedback about our HIV quizzes! We agree, learning about HIV and sex should be fun, interactive and enjoyable.

    "This is a great tool to engage people in learning about HIV in a fun and interesting way."

    “As an HIV/AIDS Health Educator, I think this is a great tool to engage people in learning about HIV in a fun and interesting way. The memes accompanying the quiz questions were clever and entertaining, and made the whole process less intimidating and more approachable. I have copied down this link to your quizzes to refer to for people who want to learn more and test their knowledge.”

  • 6 months ago

    We have started to get some data back from organisations using our Young Voices materials via online surveys.

    Young Voices animation

    86% of respondents said the materials were ‘very useful’, with the same percentage saying they had enhanced their training/sessions ‘a lot’.

  • 6 months ago

    “Thanks to PB through the support of Avert, fear of getting tested for HIV is history.”

    Masetene

    Masetene is 19 and is a member of one of our partners PB’s youth groups in Lesotho. She had been hearing HIV prevention messages for years but was still finding it hard to go for a test. The youth group leader didn’t give up on her though and continued to encourage her to test. After she went to the health facility to get tested, she said she was proud of herself for finally taking a step in the right direction and felt responsible for her own life.

  • 6 months ago

    The results are in from our latest qualitative surveys on Avert.org!

    over 80% said they had learned something new

    • Over 75% of respondents said the information was ‘very easy’ to understand
    • 85.6% said they had learned something new
    • 62.9% reported attitude change as a result of Avert's information.
  • 6 months ago

    More great feedback from one of our users! 

    Avert.org user quote

    "Information very informative, educational and easy to understand."

  • 7 months ago

    Our partner in Malawi, the Umunthu Foundation, have been using the Young Voices materials in their youth group sessions to start discussions about sexual health. We asked the youth group leader what they thought about Young Voices.

    youth group

    “The group loved the animations and kept asking to watch the rest of them. They thought cartoons were a good way to present information as they are used to seeing cartoons in the newspaper, and this is the section of the paper they always go for.”

  • 7 months ago

    We’ve recently created a new page on Avert.org - ‘Developing a vaccine against HIV infection’.

    Graphic of children that would benefit from an HIV vaccine

    Explore the page to find out more about the need for a vaccine against HIV, challenges in vaccine development, progress in developing a vaccine and achieving an effective vaccine for HIV.

  • 7 months ago

    Our partner in Malawi, the Umunthu Foundation, run a youth group to bring young people together from the community and talk about sexual health.

    The Umunthu Foundation's youth group

    The group meets twice a week at the Umunthu clinic where they have a dedicated youth shelter, which means they can they can talk in private about things are worrying them. Members share what they have learned with their friends and encourage them to come for an HIV test.