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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.

15 May 2020

Dolutegravir may be more effective in pregnant women starting HIV treatment late

When starting treatment in the third trimester, women taking dolutegravir more likely to achieve undetectable viral loads at the time of giving birth compared with those taking efavirenz.

13 May 2020

Brothers for Life: why building social support could improve HIV testing and treatment among men

Study finds a programme in Côte d’Ivoire offering male-only groups and peer support is helping men test for HIV, accept treatment and stay on it.

05 May 2020

China: rapid rise in drug-resistant HIV among people not previously on treatment

HIV drug resistance among treatment-naïve people in China rising rapidly from 2012 and tops 10% in Central China.

29 April 2020

Better access to cervical cancer testing and treatment could prevent thousands of HIV-positive women dying

Expanding access to even the most basic form of cervical cancer screening and treatment could prevent thousands of deaths among women living with HIV in Kenya

22 April 2020

HIV testing trial in Thailand increases retesting by 25%

A pilot scheme that immediately rebooks and provides a reminder for an HIV retest six months later increases attendance by 25%.

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

16 April 2020

Children with perinatal HIV respond well to the switch to second-line treatment

In all regions, children show significant immune recovery after switching to second-line treatment, but still too many children switch late.

08 April 2020

Point-of-care infant HIV testing increases rates of confirmatory testing by 55%

Rapid HIV testing at six weeks more than doubles the proportion of HIV-positive newborns getting a confirmatory diagnosis.

30 March 2020

Group therapy improves mental health outcomes for people living with HIV in rural Uganda

Lay health worker-led psychotherapy is an effective and cost-effective strategy to improve mental health outcomes among people living with HIV in low-resourced settings.