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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.

09 September 2021

The verdict on digitally-supported HIV self-testing

Evidence review suggests digitally-supported HIV self-testing increases testing and engages first-time testers, paving the way for greater use

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