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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.

01 October 2021

Sex workers report unexpected benefits of PrEP and HIV self-testing

Interviews with sex workers in Uganda highlight economic and relationship benefits alongside advantages for sexual health 

19 February 2021

Treatment trial for African transgender women and men who have sex with men shows successful scale-up is possible

Treatment coverage and viral suppression more than doubles in a year without a significant increase in treatment failure or drug resistance.

23 October 2020

Social media as a potential platform for sexual health promotion for gay men and transgender women in African cities

Gay men and transgender women who have sex with men in Nairobi and Johannesburg are active social media users, possibly providing an untapped opportunity for sexual health promotion on these platforms. 

11 September 2020

Providing sex workers with HIV self-tests leads to high levels of partner testing

New Kenyan trial providing HIV self-tests to sex workers sees high levels of partner testing – and increased condom use when men refused to test

22 July 2020

Sexual health and rights for sex workers - via SMS

An SMS service co-created with sex workers to improve their sexual health met with keen approval during testing.

15 July 2020

High levels of HIV, low levels of treatment in gay men and trans woman in Johannesburg

Around 40% of transgender women and gay men tested HIV positive in Johannesburg – but only a third are on treatment.

13 May 2020

Brothers for Life: why building social support could improve HIV testing and treatment among men

Study finds a programme in Côte d’Ivoire offering male-only groups and peer support is helping men test for HIV, accept treatment and stay on it.

19 December 2019

High proportion of West African men who have sex with men engaging in transactional sex

46% of men who have sex with men in West Africa trade sex for material goods – with younger men and those who experience stigma more likely to do so.

22 November 2019

‘No benefit’ in giving HIV-exposed babies co-trimoxazole, study finds

South African study finds co-trimoxazole did not increase protection against pneumonia or diarrhoea among HIV-exposed infants in their first year of life. But in Malaria-ridden areas, there is still a case.

12 November 2019

‘Critically low’ awareness of HIV status among gay men in Africa

Men who have sex with men in Africa are more likely to test for HIV than other African men, but are significantly less likely to be on treatment or virally suppressed.