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22 November 2019

‘No benefit’ in giving HIV-exposed babies co-trimoxazole, study finds

South African study finds co-trimoxazole did not increase protection against pneumonia or diarrhoea among HIV-exposed infants in their first year of life. But in Malaria-ridden areas, there is still a case.

18 November 2019

Talking HIV: asking for the sex you want

"No one should feel ashamed talking about what they want or if they had gonorrhoea or syphilis. It's just this thing we can talk openly about..."

12 November 2019

‘Critically low’ awareness of HIV status among gay men in Africa

Men who have sex with men in Africa are more likely to test for HIV than other African men, but are significantly less likely to be on treatment or virally suppressed.

08 November 2019

Young adolescent girls are benefitting from US-led DREAMS initiative in Africa

Ambitious HIV and sexual health initiative, DREAMS, is successfully reaching young adolescent girls in Kenya and South Africa one year after implementation.

05 November 2019

Topical PrEP gel can be successful in public sector clinics

Providing PrEP to women attending government-run family planning clinics could be a successful way to increase access and adherence to PrEP, a trial from South Africa suggests.

31 October 2019

Unmarried, childless and poorly educated men least likely to have an HIV test

An analysis finds that men who are unmarried, childless and only educated to primary level are least likely to have tested for HIV – but will take it up if offered.

29 October 2019

Low self-esteem strongly associated with transaction sex

Young women with low self-esteem are five times more likely to engage in transactional sex than other young women, South African survey suggests.

22 October 2019

A decade of HIV treatment has failed the most high-risk young women

A review of HIV incidence among young people in east and southern Africa since antiretroviral treatment (ART) roll-out reveals failures to reach the highest-risk young women.

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.

15 October 2019

HIV treatment for over 60s – switching drugs could improve bone and kidney health

Switching from an antiretroviral treatment (ART) regimen containing tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) to a single-tablet regimen containing elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide (ECETA) can improve bone density and kidney safety in those aged 60 and above, new study finds.