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08 June 2021

Study reveals adherence gap in preventing mother-to-child transmission

Ugandan study finds uptake of HIV treatment above 90%, but only three-quarters of women were fully taking medication after two months

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

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.

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.

28 April 2021

What’s stopping young women in Eswatini from taking PrEP?

A desire for self-care and controlling HIV risk motivates young women to take PrEP but this can be undermined by negative attitudes of partners and family.

10 February 2021

Less than 2% of pregnant women in Uganda receive timely viral load testing

Low rates of viral load testing among pregnant women highlight need to review care for pregnant women living with HIV.

15 December 2020

The link between vaginal bacteria and PrEP effectiveness

A study suggests vaginal bacteria may be playing an underestimated role in PrEP efficacy for women

18 November 2020

Injectable PrEP tops list as the preferred choice for adolescent girls in Cape Town

UChoose study is the first to assesses adolescent girls’ preferences for contraceptives that mirror PrEP products to establish what type of PrEP is most likely to work for them

12 August 2020

Peer-based clubs may offer valuable PrEP initiation support to adolescent girls and young women

An evaluation of peer support clubs in settings with high HIV and gender-based violence prevalence finds increased self-esteem and self-efficacy among participants.

05 November 2019

Topical PrEP gel can be successful in public sector clinics

Providing PrEP to women attending government-run family planning clinics could be a successful way to increase access and adherence to PrEP, a trial from South Africa suggests.