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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.

28 May 2015

Major treatment trial concludes time is of the essence

A large international trial has overwhelmingly concluded that the health of people living with HIV considerably benefits from starting treatment early. It is widely acknowledged that giving antiretrovirals (ARVs) to HIV positive people before their CD4 count – a measure of the immune system – drops too low, makes treatment more effective. This study provides crucial new evidence that could be a game-changer in the delivery of HIV treatment around the world.

21 May 2015

Silence as Russia’s HIV epidemic grows

A leading Russian epidemiologist, Vadim Pokrovsky, has raised the alarm on the rising numbers of people becoming infected with HIV in Russia. Despite an estimated 90,000 new infections last year alone, national silence on the issue of HIV and AIDS prevails. A ‘national catastrophe’ is unfolding according to Pokrovsky, who leads the Federal AIDS Centre.

12 May 2015

Hope for women in fight against HIV

Francis Chimenya, citizen journalist from the Key Correspondents network

Two studies involving women in South Africa, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda and Zimbabwe are exploring the use of a vaginal ring that delivers antiretroviral drugs, to see if it can prevent transmission of HIV.
The Ring Study is a clinical study by the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) and its sister study ASPIRE is being led by Microbicide Trial Network (MTN).  Both studies began in June 2012 with about 4,580 women aged 18-45 in 22 sites across Africa.
07 May 2015

Implant could revolutionise HIV treatment

A new way of administering antiretroviral treatment could revolutionise the current way people living with HIV take treatment. A new subdermal implant has been proven to be effective in the first 40 days, according to research published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

05 May 2015

Disclosure not automatically linked to mental well-being

Individuals who choose not to disclose their HIV status are not more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety, have more problems with treatment adherence or worse HIV outcomes, according to a large study presented at the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Brighton last week.