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15 January 2020

Condom testing for anal sex finds very low failure rates

The largest-ever study examining the effectiveness of condoms for anal sex finds remarkably low levels of failure, and calls to label their use in this way.

10 January 2020

WHO urges countries to switch from laboratory-based HIV diagnostics to point-of-care testing

New World Health Organization policy indicates that countries should replace western blotting and line immunoassays, which can only be conducted in laboratories, with simpler methods such as rapid diagnostic tests.

09 January 2020

On demand PrEP effective for gay men having less frequent sex

Findings from France and Canada suggest it is safe to offer men who have sex with men a choice between daily and ‘on-demand’ PrEP if they are not having frequent sex.

30 December 2019

A third of sexually transmitted HIV infections in 2016 linked to herpes

The first global and regional estimates showing the link between herpes and HIV finds 30% of new HIV infections in 2016 were attributable to the STI.

15 November 2019

First three months after starting treatment a critical time for women living with HIV

Global analysis of death rates among women living with HIV during the first four years of antiretroviral treatment (ART) finds most deaths occur within three months – with some distinct regional variations.

16 August 2019

Age-related policies and laws limit PrEP access where it's needed the most

To what extent do existing policies relating to age of consent for sexual reproductive health (SRH) services also affect PrEP access?

13 August 2019

WHO recommends option of event-driven PrEP for gay men

New technical guidance from the World Health Organization recognises effectiveness of event-driven PrEP for gay men following Prevenir study results.

18 July 2019

Hard-to-reach populations 45% less likely to achieve optimal HIV treatment adherence

New study finds treatment adherence a major challenge for excluded and hard to reach populations living with HIV, exacerbating existing health inequalities.

10 July 2019

Combining CRISPR gene editing and slow-release antiretroviral treatment to cure HIV

Two out of seven mice who received novel treatment and gene editing technology have had HIV eliminated from their bodies, reveals a ground-breaking study.

07 June 2019

10% of HIV-related deaths in Brazil and Mozambique caused by cryptococcal infection

Failure to diagnose and late-presenters to care continue to contribute to cryptococcal-related mortality in people living with HIV in low-resourced contexts.