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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.

27 February 2017

Gaps in the global HIV response leave people with disabilities at high risk of infection

People with disabilities in developing countries are at high risk of HIV infection with HIV prevalence nearly double that than among those without disabilities.
 

21 February 2017

Pre-treatment drug resistance as high as 17% with no impact on viral load suppression

‘Surprising’ research from Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) shows drug resistance does not impact test-and-treat roll-out in South Africa – at least in the short term.

16 February 2017

Strong trial results and high resistance barrier for integrase inhibitor treatment put Gilead on path to new HIV drug

Drug trial results for new integrase inhibitor show promising viral suppression rates.

14 February 2017

HIV self-testing a useful tool for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) delivery in Kenya

Mixed-status couples using PrEP could benefit from HIV self-testing as a way to quickly diagnose any new infections and reduce frequency of clinic visits.

10 February 2017

Lack of female head of household and distance to clinic linked to loss to follow-up in Malawi

Identifying individuals at high risk of disengaging with HIV care remains an important strategy for realising the benefits of antiretroviral treatment for public health.

09 February 2017

“Knocking out” genes in cells of people living with HIV could lead to new methods of treatment, say scientists

Targeting the human genes that HIV takes over and uses to replicate could provide a new approach to HIV treatment and suppression – although more research is required.

02 February 2017

People living with HIV may be more at risk of diabetes

HIV as a risk factor for diabetes has long been controversial, but new evidence shows that people living with HIV have increased diabetes prevalence compared to the general population.