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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.

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

09 September 2020

Undisputable worth of Ukrainian harm reduction organisations revealed by eight-year analysis

People who inject drugs who are in contact with harm reduction organisations found to be more likely to use condoms and sterile needles, and be on opioid substitution therapy or HIV treatment.

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.

03 June 2020

Social media influencers can play a role in getting gay men to test for HIV

HIV self-testing recruitment strategies, using social media influencers or community organisations, are both effective, but reach different groups of gay men.

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 February 2020

Online HIV self-testing in Thailand struggles to link trans women and gay men to treatment

Study among transgender women and men who have sex with men finds those who opt for online supervised HIV-self testing are more likely to test positive but less likely to seek treatment than those testing offline.

28 January 2020

Taking PrEP alongside oestrogen ‘may limit’ its effectiveness, study warns

Study with transgender women suggests taking on-demand PrEP with hormone therapy may result in drug levels too low for HIV prevention. 

23 December 2019

Supervised injection facilities reduce risk of premature death in Canada

Decade-long Canadian study of people who inject drugs reports high number of premature deaths – but finds those who regularly use supervised injection facilities are significantly less likely to die.

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.