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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.

23 October 2020

Social media as a potential platform for sexual health promotion for gay men and transgender women in African cities

Gay men and transgender women who have sex with men in Nairobi and Johannesburg are active social media users, possibly providing an untapped opportunity for sexual health promotion on these platforms. 

22 October 2020

Urgent need to address mental health among women who sell sex

Women who sell sex are experiencing high levels of mental health issues, reveals a groundbreaking evidence review.

14 October 2020

66% decline in new HIV patients following introduction of user fees in Nigeria

User fees lead to a ‘drastic’ fall in the number of people starting HIV care at a PEPFAR-funded clinic in Lagos.

02 October 2020

Community-based HIV treatment increases viral suppression rates in men by 20%

Rates of viral suppression among men significantly increase – and approach that of women – when services are provided in the community instead of in-clinic.

29 September 2020

Death rate triples among people living with HIV who have a mental illness

South African study finds people living with both HIV and mental illness are far more likely to die than their peers, regardless of HIV care.

25 September 2020

Ugandan study finds many are willing to start PrEP but stop it soon after

Study among fisherfolk, sex workers, truck drivers and others at higher risk of HIV finds many are willing to try PrEP – but only for around six weeks.

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

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.

04 September 2020

CD4 count testing halves in Southern Africa since 2008

Rates of CD4 testing in Africa have halved – yet viral load testing is only reaching around a third of people on HIV treatment