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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

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

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.

25 August 2020

Half of people living with HIV who need a repeat viral load test received it late

National study finds high levels of repeat viral load monitoring among people whose HIV treatment is beginning to fail – but test waiting times are too long.

20 August 2020

Burundian women with disabilities three times more likely to be living with HIV

Research suggests women with disabilities are significantly more vulnerable to HIV than other women and disabled men – and that this is linked to sexual violence.

12 August 2020

Peer-based clubs may offer valuable PrEP initiation support to adolescent girls and young women

An evaluation of peer support clubs in settings with high HIV and gender-based violence prevalence finds increased self-esteem and self-efficacy among participants.

05 August 2020

The potential of social media to better engage gay and bisexual men in HIV prevention

Reuben Silungwe explains how social media and related online platforms are impacting the HIV response in Zambia.

29 July 2020

What happens when stigma and discrimination take the place of compassion

Levy Ngosa explores how the knock-on effect of discriminatory laws and policies impede access to HIV prevention and treatment services

22 July 2020

Sexual health and rights for sex workers - via SMS

An SMS service co-created with sex workers to improve their sexual health met with keen approval during testing.

15 July 2020

High levels of HIV, low levels of treatment in gay men and trans woman in Johannesburg

Around 40% of transgender women and gay men tested HIV positive in Johannesburg – but only a third are on treatment.