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29 September 2020

Death rate triples among people living with HIV who have a mental illness

South African study finds people living with both HIV and mental illness are far more likely to die than their peers, regardless of HIV care.

04 September 2020

CD4 count testing halves in Southern Africa since 2008

Rates of CD4 testing in Africa have halved – yet viral load testing is only reaching around a third of people on HIV treatment

25 August 2020

Half of people living with HIV who need a repeat viral load test received it late

National study finds high levels of repeat viral load monitoring among people whose HIV treatment is beginning to fail – but test waiting times are too long.

20 August 2020

Burundian women with disabilities three times more likely to be living with HIV

Research suggests women with disabilities are significantly more vulnerable to HIV than other women and disabled men – and that this is linked to sexual violence.

10 June 2020

Treatment failure among HIV-positive newborns linked to mother’s non-adherence

South African study finds that treatment fails in two-thirds of HIV-positive infants, and that failure is linked to concurrent maternal treatment failure.

15 May 2020

Dolutegravir may be more effective in pregnant women starting HIV treatment late

When starting treatment in the third trimester, women taking dolutegravir more likely to achieve undetectable viral loads at the time of giving birth compared with those taking efavirenz.

29 April 2020

Better access to cervical cancer testing and treatment could prevent thousands of HIV-positive women dying

Expanding access to even the most basic form of cervical cancer screening and treatment could prevent thousands of deaths among women living with HIV in Kenya

16 April 2020

Children with perinatal HIV respond well to the switch to second-line treatment

In all regions, children show significant immune recovery after switching to second-line treatment, but still too many children switch late.

30 March 2020

Group therapy improves mental health outcomes for people living with HIV in rural Uganda

Lay health worker-led psychotherapy is an effective and cost-effective strategy to improve mental health outcomes among people living with HIV in low-resourced settings.

11 March 2020

Younger mothers struggle with HIV treatment adherence following birth of baby

Two-thirds of South African mothers living with HIV are on effective treatment following the birth of their child, but only one-third of younger mothers are.