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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.

18 November 2021

What is stopping sex workers from testing for syphilis?

Sex workers are more likely to test for HIV than syphilis, despite being at high risk for both. Researchers interviewed sex workers in Uganda to find out why

07 October 2021

Action needed to address cancer risk among young people with HIV

A decade of data from South Africa shows AIDS defining cancers are the most common type of cancer, linked with low CD4 counts 

24 June 2021

Cervical cancer study reveals worrying trend for young women

Zambian study finds women living with HIV aged 20-29 are most at risk of cervical cancer, closely followed by adolescent girls

12 March 2021

The financial cost of living with HIV in Asia

Households affected by HIV face higher healthcare costs but lower income, evidence review suggests.

17 June 2020

Study finds increased risk of death from COVID-19 for people living with HIV and TB

People living with HIV and TB in South Africa are 2.75 and 2.5 times respectively more likely to die from COVID-19 – but this risk is much lower than for age and diabetes.

11 June 2020

Non-medical fabric face masks can limit the spread of COVID-19

World Health Organization changes its position on the wearing of non-medical fabric face masks.

18 October 2019

10-fold increase in South African adolescents entering HIV care

The number of adolescents in HIV care in South Africa has increased 10-fold since 2005, and could double again by 2021.

11 June 2019

New rapid test significantly more effective for TB-diagnosis in people with HIV

Compared to the only other approved device for TB detection in people living with HIV, the new FujiLAM point-of-care test offers superior diagnostic sensitivity.

20 February 2019

Viral load monitoring motivates HIV treatment adherence in eSwatini

The treat-all policy will only succeed if people keep taking their HIV treatment. It is important to motivate people who started treatment while they were still feeling well. 

26 October 2018

7 steps to hepatitis elimination

Sustained action is needed now if we are to capitalise on the opportunity to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.