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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 2020

The HIV testing gap: poorer and less educated Africans still missing out

Despite intensified efforts to increase HIV testing in sub-Saharan Africa, poorer and less educated people are still missing out.

22 April 2020

HIV testing trial in Thailand increases retesting by 25%

A pilot scheme that immediately rebooks and provides a reminder for an HIV retest six months later increases attendance by 25%.

08 April 2020

Point-of-care infant HIV testing increases rates of confirmatory testing by 55%

Rapid HIV testing at six weeks more than doubles the proportion of HIV-positive newborns getting a confirmatory diagnosis.

26 February 2020

HIV self-testing in hospitals could significantly increase uptake in Malawi

Malawi trial finds half of those offered the opportunity to self-test for HIV during an outpatient visit accepted it, compared to less than 15% of those offered provider-initiated testing.

10 January 2020

WHO urges countries to switch from laboratory-based HIV diagnostics to point-of-care testing

New World Health Organization policy indicates that countries should replace western blotting and line immunoassays, which can only be conducted in laboratories, with simpler methods such as rapid diagnostic tests.

25 November 2019

What do potential HIV self-testers think about the new technology in Africa?

Evidence review reveals what HIV self-testers, potential testers, policy-makers and healthcare providers in Eastern and Southern Africa think of the new testing technology.

26 July 2019

HIV self-testing in Senegal reaches first-time testers

HIV self-testing can help existing programmes to reach populations reporting barriers to engagement with existing and routine HIV testing services.

03 June 2019

Point-of-care devices for infant HIV diagnosis are effective and feasible in 8 African countries

Timely diagnosis of infants living with HIV in Africa remains a challenge, but new study shows point-of-care testing can work in the real world.

21 May 2019

Churches can help increase HIV testing in South African men

Religious leaders can play a critical role in reaching hard-to-reach groups with HIV testing, including men and first-time testers.  

18 March 2019

HIV self-testing is not a ‘magic bullet’

Self-testing reached men and youth with knowledge of their HIV status, but further intervention is needed to link people to antiretroviral treatment.