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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.

24 September 2021

Kenyan adolescents with HIV facing ‘devastating’ effects of COVID-19

Survey in Western Kenya suggests 40% have gone without food and one third have lost out on income or education 

22 September 2021

High demand for PrEP among key populations in the DRC

First project to provide PrEP through key population-friendly clinics finds many people take up the offer but 39% struggle to take the medication every day

06 September 2021

Study shows the power of the media for encouraging condom use

Unmarried men in Ghana who see or hear family planning messages in the media are 50% more likely to consistently use condoms

 

27 August 2021

How to speed-up PrEP rollout in sub-Saharan Africa

An evidence review has identified the main gaps in health systems in sub-Saharan Africa that need to be addressed to boost PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) scale-up

25 August 2021

New HIV vaccine trial starts in Africa

The first phase of a trial for a new HIV vaccine has begun in Zambia and will soon extend to Kenya and Uganda.

20 August 2021

New survey tool can predict whether adolescents are ready to move to adult HIV care

The HARTS trial suggests age should not be used to judge readiness to move, as things such as being able to understand treatment and ask questions are more important

13 August 2021

How poverty prevents girls and young women accessing sexual health services

The experiences of girls and young women living in informal settlements in Uganda highlight the link between poverty and sexual violence

12 August 2021

Economic support helps girls say no to transactional sex

Adolescent girls in Zambia say the RISE trial helped them say no to transactional sex and stay in school but also led to a backlash

06 August 2021

Community-based organisation leads the way on successful PrEP rollout for young Kenyan women

Safe spaces, peer mentors and education for male partners and parents result in more young women in Kisumu County, Kenya taking the HIV prevention pill 

03 August 2021

The over-the-counter drug enabling women to have safe abortions in Nigeria

Research suggests Nigerian women are using misoprostol safely and effectively, despite having low knowledge on how it works.