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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.

30 September 2021

Mix of digital and in-person training improves index testing in Malawi

Trial offering health workers ‘blended’ training results in a two-fold increase in the number of people diagnosed with HIV

05 May 2021

Providing parents with HIV testing kits to screen children ‘feasible and accurate’

Research with around 400 parents and caregivers in Zimbabwe found the majority performed HIV tests accurately, even without a demonstration.

20 April 2021

‘Dramatic improvements’ as point-of-care HIV testing for infants rolls out in Africa

Data from six countries’ public health programmes suggests the introduction of new testing technologies have significantly increased same-day diagnosis for babies born with HIV and sped up treatment.

01 April 2021

More choice in community-based HIV testing leads to higher uptake in South Africa

Providing a variety of ways to test for HIV resulted in high rates of young people coming forward and reduced the gap between men and women.

25 March 2021

More young Zambians are testing for HIV than ever before

Testing rises 40-50% in 10 years, but half of young men and one-third of young women are still not coming forward.

19 March 2021

Promising uptake of HIV self-testing in Africa

HIV self-testing is found to be more popular than standard testing, particularly among men, but accessing treatment after a positive result is an issue.

28 January 2021

Point-of-care viral load testing improves HIV care in 7 African countries

Waiting time for results dramatically reduces when sample analysis happens in health facilities rather than centralised labs – but increased viral loads often go unaddressed

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.

17 September 2020

One in four Zambian men test positive for HIV in targeted testing initiative

An HIV testing initiative that targeted male-dominated workplaces and social spaces, and notified the sexual partners of anyone testing positive, results in 25% of men being diagnosed with HIV

28 May 2020

The HIV testing gap: poorer and less educated Africans still missing out

Despite intensified efforts to increase HIV testing in sub-Saharan Africa, poorer and less educated people are still missing out.