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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.

02 June 2021

Why people in Kenya quit PrEP

Personal risk, stigma, inconvenient clinic times and locations all influenced people’s decisions to stop using PrEP

28 May 2021

The girls-only clubs reducing HIV vulnerabilities

Clubs in Malawi that gave 12 to 14-year-old girls the space to discuss sexual health found they increased peer support and school attendance and reduced unequal and abusive practices at home.

25 May 2021

Study highlights strategies that help teenagers living with HIV feel ready to move into adult care

Ugandan study suggests peer educators, visiting adult clinics, counselling and education can all make the transition process go smoothly. 

21 May 2021

Can relationship-based approaches improve uptake of HIV-prevention among serodiscordant couples in Tanzania?

Interviews with heterosexual couples in Tanzania suggest that pairs often make decisions about HIV-prevention together and that working with both partners could increase PrEP and ART access.

19 May 2021

A lack of power, misconceptions, fear and embarrassment stop young Cambodian women using contraceptives

Findings suggest empowerment initiatives are needed as young women continue to rely on the withdrawal method to please their partners.

13 May 2021

Emerging evidence on COVID-19 and HIV points to increased risk for those with a low CD4 count

People living with HIV who are virally unsuppressed likely to be more at risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 than others.

11 May 2021

Six things you should know about COVID-19 vaccines

There’s been a lot of false information going around about COVID-19 vaccines, so it’s natural to have some questions. Here, we put the record straight with the key things you need to know.

07 May 2021

Sexual risk-taking common among young people in Ugandan fishing communities

Research suggests that 97% are engaging in at least one sexual risk that makes them vulnerable to HIV – and half are engaging in three or more

05 May 2021

Providing parents with HIV testing kits to screen children ‘feasible and accurate’

Research with around 400 parents and caregivers in Zimbabwe found the majority performed HIV tests accurately, even without a demonstration.

30 April 2021

Researchers warn that poor mental health may increase vulnerability to HIV

South African study finds one in five young women have poor mental health as researchers urge HIV prevention programmes to provide mental health support.