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10 June 2020

Treatment failure among HIV-positive newborns linked to mother’s non-adherence

South African study finds that treatment fails in two-thirds of HIV-positive infants, and that failure is linked to concurrent maternal treatment failure.

15 May 2020

Dolutegravir may be more effective in pregnant women starting HIV treatment late

When starting treatment in the third trimester, women taking dolutegravir more likely to achieve undetectable viral loads at the time of giving birth compared with those taking efavirenz.

29 April 2020

Better access to cervical cancer testing and treatment could prevent thousands of HIV-positive women dying

Expanding access to even the most basic form of cervical cancer screening and treatment could prevent thousands of deaths among women living with HIV in Kenya

16 April 2020

Children with perinatal HIV respond well to the switch to second-line treatment

In all regions, children show significant immune recovery after switching to second-line treatment, but still too many children switch late.

30 March 2020

Group therapy improves mental health outcomes for people living with HIV in rural Uganda

Lay health worker-led psychotherapy is an effective and cost-effective strategy to improve mental health outcomes among people living with HIV in low-resourced settings.

11 March 2020

Younger mothers struggle with HIV treatment adherence following birth of baby

Two-thirds of South African mothers living with HIV are on effective treatment following the birth of their child, but only one-third of younger mothers are.

21 February 2020

High death rate for HIV-associated meningitis reported in African hospitals

Evidence review finds approximately half of hospital patients with cryptococcal, tuberculosis or pneumococcal meningitis died within two weeks or during hospitalisation.

11 February 2020

Only half of those on HIV treatment are virally suppressed in Ghana

Viral load testing trial finds 49% are virally unsuppressed while one in five are failing their treatment with suspected drug resistance.

10 December 2019

Urbanisation of rural Uganda is driving HIV in the country

Study identifies new structural drivers of Uganda’s HIV epidemic alongside the persistence of known drivers such as stigma and gender-based violence.

02 December 2019

Lack of drug-resistance testing should not stop prescription of third-line HIV treatment

Two-thirds of people with second-line treatment failure can reach viral suppression following adherence support in West Africa.