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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.

15 July 2021

Knowledge is power – it’s time to close the HIV knowledge gap

Avert CEO, Sarah Hand, discusses the importance of health literacy in the HIV response, and the positive potential of digital communications in achieving global HIV targets.

11 May 2021

Six things you should know about COVID-19 vaccines

There’s been a lot of false information going around about COVID-19 vaccines, so it’s natural to have some questions. Here, we put the record straight with the key things you need to know.

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.

05 February 2021

PrEP vaginal ring set for rollout after WHO endorsement

Significant step as WHO recommends the dapivirine vaginal ring as a new HIV prevention tool following promising trial results

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.

22 December 2020

UNAIDS bids farewell to Fast-Track era with new HIV targets for 2025

New 2025 targets aim to put the world back on track to end AIDS by 2030 following the news that Fast-Track targets were missed.

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.

01 December 2020

3 steps to a happy and healthy sex life – World AIDS Day 2020

Sexual health is about so much more than infection prevention – it’s about being happy with yourself and in your sex life. Help us to spread the word that everyone has a right to pleasurable and safer sex!