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22 January 2021

Brazil provides more evidence on link between dolutegravir and birth defects

Review initially finds dolutegravir has no links to birth defects then revises its findings to report a ‘slightly higher’ – but minimal – incidence after two cases emerge

11 December 2020

Southern African countries nearing 90% viral suppression targets

National data from five Southern African countries suggests nearly 89% of adults on HIV treatment are virally suppressed – but gaps remain.

04 December 2020

Bicycles could hold the key to increasing HIV treatment access in Malawi

Malawians in some rural areas face travel times to HIV clinics that are almost double others’ journeys. 

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.

21 May 2020

Global trial of long-acting injectable PrEP for gay men and trans women stopped early following success

Long-acting, injectable cabotegravir is as effective as daily PrEP pills at preventing HIV among cisgender men and transgender women who have sex with men.

21 April 2020

Newer type of HIV drug linked to weight gain

People on integrase inhibitors found to gain more weight on average than those on other treatment regimens

05 March 2020

Botswana: HIV incidence ‘likely to increase’ in next 10 years

Despite the country’s successful treatment programme, modelling suggests the rate of new infections is likely to rise – unless prevention is strengthened and groups such as migrants included.

28 February 2020

Same-day viral load testing linked to significant improvements in HIV treatment

South African trial finds 90% of people receiving rapid viral load testing were virally suppressed and in care after 12 months, compared to 76% who waited for tests.

24 September 2019

New HIV infections fall by more than half in Ugandan fishing communities

HIV incidence more than halved among people from fishing communities in Lake Victoria, Uganda, after rapid expansion of HIV services.

30 August 2019

Routine point-of-care viral load testing a success in Malawi

Routine point‐of‐care viral load monitoring achieves high testing coverage rates and same-day delivery of results in decentralised clinics.