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26 February 2021

Clients of female sex workers play a ‘fundamental role’ in South Africa’s HIV epidemic

Modelling suggests one in five South African men buy sex – and focusing on the sex they have with non-commercial partners could halve HIV infections in the country by 2030

24 February 2021

PrEP programmes are ‘missing opportunities’ to test people for sexually transmitted infections

Global evidence review finds wide variation on STI testing, despite people on PrEP being at greater risk of sexually transmitted infections.

19 February 2021

Treatment trial for African transgender women and men who have sex with men shows successful scale-up is possible

Treatment coverage and viral suppression more than doubles in a year without a significant increase in treatment failure or drug resistance.

17 February 2021

Counting the cost of COVID-19 on HIV care in Africa

Lockdown in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa saw HIV testing halve and the weekly number of people beginning antiretroviral treatment fall by 200.

12 February 2021

Is buprenorphine as effective as methadone in supporting people who use drugs to become virally suppressed?

Vietnam trial offered people who use drugs buprenorphine during HIV clinic visits to see if was as effective at supporting viral suppression as getting methadone from specialist clinics.

10 February 2021

Less than 2% of pregnant women in Uganda receive timely viral load testing

Low rates of viral load testing among pregnant women highlight need to review care for pregnant women living with HIV.

05 February 2021

PrEP vaginal ring set for rollout after WHO endorsement

Significant step as WHO recommends the dapivirine vaginal ring as a new HIV prevention tool following promising trial results

03 February 2021

Pre-treatment drug resistant HIV high among key populations

More than 10% of men who have sex with men, sex workers and prisoners with HIV have drug resistance when beginning treatment