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13 August 2021

How poverty prevents girls and young women accessing sexual health services

The experiences of girls and young women living in informal settlements in Uganda highlight the link between poverty and sexual violence

12 August 2021

Economic support helps girls say no to transactional sex

Adolescent girls in Zambia say the RISE trial helped them say no to transactional sex and stay in school but also led to a backlash

03 August 2021

The over-the-counter drug enabling women to have safe abortions in Nigeria

Research suggests Nigerian women are using misoprostol safely and effectively, despite having low knowledge on how it works. 

07 May 2021

Sexual risk-taking common among young people in Ugandan fishing communities

Research suggests that 97% are engaging in at least one sexual risk that makes them vulnerable to HIV – and half are engaging in three or more

09 April 2021

Food insecurity linked to self-stigma and HIV treatment failure in Senegal

A new study in Senegal finds that people living with HIV who face severe food shortages are more likely than others to be lost to follow up, experience treatment failure and have higher levels of self-stigma.

02 September 2020

Changing gender attitudes in South Africa linked to increased access to TV and smartphones

Researchers evaluating the impact of a community HIV prevention programme observed a shift in gender attitudes, linked in particular to the influence of TV dramas.

21 December 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa: binge drinking more common among people living with HIV

West and southern Africa study reveals significantly higher levels of binge drinking among people living with HIV than the general population.

04 July 2018

The fall-out of war: women are twice as likely to be living with HIV in post-conflict Uganda

Women who survived the war in Northern Uganda are almost twice as likely to be living with HIV compared to their male peers, and are also disproportionately impacted by trauma and depression, reveals new research.

07 March 2018

Cash transfers reduce risk of intimate partner violence for young girls in South Africa

Study finds that the risk of physical intimate partner violence (IPV) is reduced by giving regular cash payments to poor girls, but HIV infection rates are not affected.

01 February 2018

Disruptions in PrEP adherence provide insights into intimate partner violence

New study finds strong links between PrEP disruptions and intimate partner violence in Kenya and Uganda. Combined interventions could be key to improving adherence and linking victims to support services.