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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.

07 May 2021

Sexual risk-taking common among young people in Ugandan fishing communities

Research suggests that 97% are engaging in at least one sexual risk that makes them vulnerable to HIV – and half are engaging in three or more

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.

30 April 2021

Researchers warn that poor mental health may increase vulnerability to HIV

South African study finds one in five young women have poor mental health as researchers urge HIV prevention programmes to provide mental health support.

28 April 2021

What’s stopping young women in Eswatini from taking PrEP?

A desire for self-care and controlling HIV risk motivates young women to take PrEP but this can be undermined by negative attitudes of partners and family.

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.

14 April 2021

Study highlights severe lack of evidence on strategies to keep heterosexual men in HIV care

Evidence review finds very few studies have investigated ways to keep heterosexual men in HIV care in Africa, despite men being more likely than women to die from AIDS-related illness.

09 April 2021

Food insecurity linked to self-stigma and HIV treatment failure in Senegal

A new study in Senegal finds that people living with HIV who face severe food shortages are more likely than others to be lost to follow up, experience treatment failure and have higher levels of self-stigma.

06 April 2021

Risky sexual behaviours increasing among young people in Nigeria

Inconsistent condom use and other risky practices particularly common among women and those with limited HIV knowledge, highlighting the need for comprehensive sexual health education.

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.