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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

19 January 2021

Social support and self-esteem found to ‘mitigate’ against the psychological damage of violence

Study of young South Africans living with HIV finds a third have experienced violence and a similar proportion are depressed – but those with support and self-esteem are less likely to suffer

14 January 2021

One in six young Zimbabweans test positive for an STI yet only 3% had symptoms

Study calls for increased testing of STIs, in place of diagnosing based on symptoms alone, as many young Zimbabweans with an STI present with zero symptoms.

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.

15 December 2020

The link between vaginal bacteria and PrEP effectiveness

A study suggests vaginal bacteria may be playing an underestimated role in PrEP efficacy for women

11 December 2020

Southern African countries nearing 90% viral suppression targets

National data from five Southern African countries suggests nearly 89% of adults on HIV treatment are virally suppressed – but gaps remain.

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.

04 December 2020

Bicycles could hold the key to increasing HIV treatment access in Malawi

Malawians in some rural areas face travel times to HIV clinics that are almost double others’ journeys. 

24 November 2020

Testing for HIV does not increase condom use – but testing HIV positive does

Evidence review suggests enhanced testing services, which offer things such as counselling or support groups, are having little impact on condom use.

18 November 2020

Injectable PrEP tops list as the preferred choice for adolescent girls in Cape Town

UChoose study is the first to assesses adolescent girls’ preferences for contraceptives that mirror PrEP products to establish what type of PrEP is most likely to work for them