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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 December 2018

Adolescents living with HIV are struggling to stay in treatment 

New research reveals high rates of loss to follow-up among adolescents, with rates among those acquiring the infection in their teens nearly three times that of those infected perinatally. 

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05 December 2018

Talking HIV: changing the conversation about condoms

“There are alternatives to using condoms that… we should explore or a least learn about… before we make an opinioned choice”

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03 December 2018

Gay health: opening up the conversation about sex, condoms and choice

If we want to promote sexual health, we need to help people understand their HIV prevention options, not judge their choices.  
 

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30 November 2018

6 things to say to a friend who’s worried about testing for HIV

Being afraid of taking an HIV test is pretty common, but here are 6 things you can say to help put someone’s mind at rest.

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28 November 2018

‘Alarming’ HIV rates in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe continues to account for the large majority of the 160,000 people newly infected with HIV in the WHO European Region – with little signs of improvement.

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23 November 2018

PrEP in the USA: white people given preference 

Nearly six times as many white people as black people are being prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the USA, despite black people having a greater need. 

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19 November 2018

The ‘Mama Mshauri’ effect: keeping mothers in HIV care after birth

Women in Kenya assigned to a lay counsellor – known as a ‘Mama Mshauri’ – to help them in the period around their birth are more likely to stay in care compared to mothers who were not.

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14 November 2018

Why we should no longer talk about ‘disclosing’ our HIV status

Alongside the liberating U = U message, there’s no place for the stigmatising language of HIV ‘disclosure’ anymore, says HIV peer mentor Rob Hammond.

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09 November 2018

Vaginal gel for HIV prevention so far ineffective in the real-world

Young women in Africa are in desperate need of an HIV prevention method that is acceptable to them – but science has so far failed to provide.

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07 November 2018

Linking HIV stigma, denial and poor health 

People living with HIV who stigmatise and think negatively about themselves because of their HIV status are less likely to start treatment and reach viral load suppression.

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