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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.

22 October 2020

Urgent need to address mental health among women who sell sex

Women who sell sex are experiencing high levels of mental health issues, reveals a groundbreaking evidence review.

28 January 2020

Taking PrEP alongside oestrogen ‘may limit’ its effectiveness, study warns

Study with transgender women suggests taking on-demand PrEP with hormone therapy may result in drug levels too low for HIV prevention. 

13 December 2018

Harm reduction progress: Slow. Uneven. Stagnated

Harm reduction for the 15.6 million people who inject drugs remains a critical cornerstone to respond to the global epidemics of HIV and hepatitis C – but progress has stagnated.

12 August 2018

We know how! Responding to HIV and the youth bulge with youth voices

On International Youth Day (12 August), we look at the importance of youth involvement and safe spaces to respond to the HIV challenge related to the youth bulge.

05 June 2018

Long-term HIV survivors – a call to not be forgotten

Long-term survivors – those diagnosed before effective treatment for HIV was around – face unique challenges relating to their mental and physical health. 

29 March 2018

Transgender visibility, risk and improving the transition experience

Juno Roche – writer, campaigner and woman living with HIV – shares her experiences on risk, HIV and being trans for International Transgender Day of Visibility (31 March).

12 January 2018

Attitudes drive drug policy, not facts, says Global Commission

Language matters. Changing how people who use drugs are treated requires changing how we speak about them.

15 August 2017

Criminalising drug users linked to increased HIV levels

A ground-breaking review provides stark evidence of the damage criminalisation has on preventing and treating HIV among people who inject drugs.

27 June 2017

Hepatitis C, HIV and tuberculosis cause greatest harm for drug users globally

The UNODC highlights disease burden, increased opioid abuse and a lack of treatment access in their global state of drug use report.

29 November 2016

Seven things we can do to reduce the health impacts of drug use

According to a recent report, 12 million people inject drugs globally, but they are often simply judged, looked down on, condemned or ignored. This has serious health and social consequences for them, their families and their communities – not least in terms of their risk of acquiring or passing on HIV and hepatitis C.