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A 12-month HIV treatment trial for transgender women and men who have sex with men in Kenya, Malawi and South Africa saw antiretroviral treatment (ART) and viral suppression rates more than double.
Although a relatively small sample size of 64 participants, the findings show it is possible to provide effective HIV treatment in public clinics to people from both groups, despite them being criminalized and facing high levels of stigma and discrimination.
Lockdown in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa saw HIV testing halve and the weekly number of people beginning antiretroviral treatment fall by 200.
Low rates of viral load testing among pregnant women highlight need to review care for pregnant women living with HIV.
Waiting time for results dramatically reduces when sample analysis happens in health facilities rather than centralised labs – but increased viral loads often go unaddressed
Study among teenagers living with HIV in Johannesburg finds 9% have a mental health issue – and are more likely to be virally unsuppressed than others
Study of young South Africans living with HIV finds a third have experienced violence and a similar proportion are depressed – but those with support and self-esteem are less likely to suffer
Study calls for increased testing of STIs, in place of diagnosing based on symptoms alone, as many young Zimbabweans with an STI present with zero symptoms.
A study suggests vaginal bacteria may be playing an underestimated role in PrEP efficacy for women
National data from five Southern African countries suggests nearly 89% of adults on HIV treatment are virally suppressed – but gaps remain.
Malawians in some rural areas face travel times to HIV clinics that are almost double others’ journeys.
Evidence review suggests enhanced testing services, which offer things such as counselling or support groups, are having little impact on condom use.