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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 January 2022

Sex during pregnancy: the beliefs and practices increasing HIV risk

Infidelity and low condom use is common among couples expecting a baby in Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe

16 December 2021

Could traditional healers help increase HIV testing in sub-Saharan Africa?

HIV testing rates in rural Uganda rose by 77% when traditional healers were trained to carry out HIV tests

03 December 2021

Integrating PrEP into HIV services in Kenya proves a success

Real-world study with 25 public HIV clinics increased PrEP uptake 20-fold – but are the right people being reached?

26 November 2021

How traditional and medical male circumcision services could work together

Medical male circumcision reduces HIV transmission, but in many communities, young men are still opting for traditional practices. 

18 November 2021

What is stopping sex workers from testing for syphilis?

Sex workers are more likely to test for HIV than syphilis, despite being at high risk for both. Researchers interviewed sex workers in Uganda to find out why

10 November 2021

Can traditional healers and health clinics work together to improve the sexual health of adolescents?

Researchers in rural Zimbabwe have suggested five ways to improve collaboration to address high rates of STIs facing adolescents

04 November 2021

Informal mobile-health: Potential and pitfalls for community health workers

Many health workers are using their own phones to help them at work, rather than using a provided phone as part of a formal ‘m-health’ scheme. What can be done to use this informal system and make it fairer? 

28 October 2021

Delivering HIV treatment via van: four reasons why it works

More people with HIV benefited from effective treatment after it was provided in vans parked in convenient places like community centres and sports fields

22 October 2021

Where do young people like to get their sexual and reproductive health information from?

Study with university students in Tanzania suggests many wanted to talk to a parent about sex during adolescence but were more likely to speak to their friends

07 October 2021

Action needed to address cancer risk among young people with HIV

A decade of data from South Africa shows AIDS defining cancers are the most common type of cancer, linked with low CD4 counts