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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.

12 July 2018

‘Out’ vs. ‘hidden’ – how HIV transmission patterns differ in men who have sex with men

Men who don’t disclose same-sex sexual behaviour have different HIV transmission patterns compared to other men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexual men.

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11 July 2018

Finding a cure for hepatitis B: are we close?

Despite the huge human and economic toll, research into hepatitis B remains drastically underfunded, and was recently alikened to a neglected tropical disease. But hope for a cure is growing.

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06 July 2018

Rising risks: revealing the relationship between internet ‘hook-ups’, methamphetamine use, STIs and HIV in Bangkok.

New study maps HIV risk factors among men who have sex with men in Thailand, showing internet ‘hook-ups’, methamphetamine use and chemsex to be the new big drivers of HIV.

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04 July 2018

The fall-out of war: women are twice as likely to be living with HIV in post-conflict Uganda

Women who survived the war in Northern Uganda are almost twice as likely to be living with HIV compared to their male peers, and are also disproportionately impacted by trauma and depression, reveals new research.

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29 June 2018

Stamping out stigma: does social support hold the answer?

Social support found to be the most effective component in stigma interventions among African American women living with HIV. Workshop activities themselves were not associated with significant change in experiences of stigma.

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22 June 2018

Pushing for harm reduction success in Burundi

Burundi learn about harm reduction from one of the pioneers on the African continent.

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20 June 2018

The reality of living with HIV as a refugee in Uganda

Violence and lack of resources mean refugees living with HIV face unique barriers to adhering to treatment.

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15 June 2018

‘Opt-out’ testing for HIV and hep C is seen as coercive by many prisoners.

A new study among people entering prison in the USA suggests ‘opt-out’ testing approaches for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) may need reconsideration.

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06 June 2018

'Emotional closeness’ key to successful HIV treatment support

The type of relationship someone living with HIV has with both their social network and a nominated ‘treatment partner’ is likely to influence whether they are virally suppressed, research from Botswana suggests.

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05 June 2018

Long-term HIV survivors – a call to not be forgotten

Long-term survivors – those diagnosed before effective treatment for HIV was around – face unique challenges relating to their mental and physical health. 

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