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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.

15 December 2016

Viral load suppression among young people and adolescents falling behind in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

A number of southern African countries are making good progress towards the 90-90-90 Fast-Track Targets, but efforts to reach younger populations need to be redoubled.

25 October 2016

Understanding the barriers to circumcision in southern and eastern Africa

Despite a willingness of men to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention benefits in sub-Saharan Africa, uptake is low with just 56% of the 20.8 million circumcisions by 2016 target met.

12 October 2016

Zimbabwe: Improved treatment coverage cuts TB rates

Expanding access to treatment for people living with HIV is shown to decrease tuberculosis (TB) incidence – but it is not the silver bullet.

07 October 2016

New cervical screening method could save women’s lives in low-income countries

Study in South Africa and Burkina Faso shows that simple HPV screening could help save lives in places with limited health infrastructure.

05 October 2016

Kenya leads the way in child-friendly TB treatment

Kenya becomes first country in the world to introduce child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicine. It is hoped that the roll-out of this medication will drastically reduce the number of child TB deaths in the country.

13 September 2016

Kenya to scale-up access to PrEP for adolescent girls and young women

The Gates Foundation awards grant to expand access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for key populations in Kenya.

16 June 2016

MTV Shuga viewers twice as likely to test for HIV

People who watch the popular MTV series ‘MTV Shuga’ for over six months are more than twice as likely to get tested for HIV compared to those who do not watch the show.

25 May 2016

In Option B+, side-effects and needing time to think are key reasons for not taking HIV medication

A qualitative study of women in Malawi who chose not to take HIV treatment as part of the country’s Option B+ programme, or who interrupted their treatment, has found that needing more time to think, concerns about partner support, and side-effects were important reasons for declining to take HIV treatment.

28 April 2016

West and Central Africa ‘overlooked’ in HIV response

Access to antiretroviral treatment is worryingly low in West and Central Africa, with little priority given to HIV in the region, according to a report from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Currently, just 24% of people have access to treatment in the region.