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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.

24 February 2021

PrEP programmes are ‘missing opportunities’ to test people for sexually transmitted infections

Global evidence review finds wide variation on STI testing, despite people on PrEP being at greater risk of sexually transmitted infections.

03 February 2021

Pre-treatment drug resistant HIV high among key populations

More than 10% of men who have sex with men, sex workers and prisoners with HIV have drug resistance when beginning treatment

22 January 2021

Brazil provides more evidence on link between dolutegravir and birth defects

Review initially finds dolutegravir has no links to birth defects then revises its findings to report a ‘slightly higher’ – but minimal – incidence after two cases emerge

05 January 2021

Make ‘U=U’ discussions a standard part of HIV care, researchers urge

Global survey finds a high proportion of people living with HIV know that ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ – and are more likely to be healthy compared to those who are unaware.

09 December 2020

Voucher scheme to encourage young South African women to take PrEP has modest impact

Trial reports a 15% difference in high PrEP adherence among participants who received vouchers compared to those who didn’t – but this fell significantly after the vouchers stopped.

22 October 2020

Urgent need to address mental health among women who sell sex

Women who sell sex are experiencing high levels of mental health issues, reveals a groundbreaking evidence review.

07 October 2020

Should men who buy sex be considered a key population?

The first evidence review to focus on men who buy sex – rather than women who sell it – finds a strong association between purchasing sex and HIV.

31 July 2020

‘Significant step’ for HIV prevention as vaginal ring gets green light from the European Medicines Agency

Ring containing the antiretroviral drug dapivirine could be available in Africa as early as 2021 after it was found to reduce women’s HIV risk by 30 to 50%.

23 June 2020

Hundreds of young Nigerians crowdsource ideas to improve HIV self-testing

Peer distribution, youth branding and social media campaigns emerge as top ideas in crowdsourcing contest to improve HIV self-testing among young people.

11 June 2020

Non-medical fabric face masks can limit the spread of COVID-19

World Health Organization changes its position on the wearing of non-medical fabric face masks.