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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.

13 August 2021

How poverty prevents girls and young women accessing sexual health services

The experiences of girls and young women living in informal settlements in Uganda highlight the link between poverty and sexual violence

12 August 2021

Economic support helps girls say no to transactional sex

Adolescent girls in Zambia say the RISE trial helped them say no to transactional sex and stay in school but also led to a backlash

03 August 2021

The over-the-counter drug enabling women to have safe abortions in Nigeria

Research suggests Nigerian women are using misoprostol safely and effectively, despite having low knowledge on how it works. 

07 May 2021

Sexual risk-taking common among young people in Ugandan fishing communities

Research suggests that 97% are engaging in at least one sexual risk that makes them vulnerable to HIV – and half are engaging in three or more

09 April 2021

Food insecurity linked to self-stigma and HIV treatment failure in Senegal

A new study in Senegal finds that people living with HIV who face severe food shortages are more likely than others to be lost to follow up, experience treatment failure and have higher levels of self-stigma.

02 September 2020

Changing gender attitudes in South Africa linked to increased access to TV and smartphones

Researchers evaluating the impact of a community HIV prevention programme observed a shift in gender attitudes, linked in particular to the influence of TV dramas.

01 April 2019

Supervised injecting can reach the most vulnerable in remote settings in North America

Many mid-sized, remote cities in North America are dealing with epidemics of opioid use – new research reveals supervised injecting facilities are acceptable in these settings. 

28 March 2019

UNAIDS: We are failing people who use drugs

UNAIDS reiterates its message around health and human rights for people who use drugs in a new report.

21 December 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa: binge drinking more common among people living with HIV

West and southern Africa study reveals significantly higher levels of binge drinking among people living with HIV than the general population.

01 November 2018

Recent incarceration drives HIV and hepatitis C epidemics in people who inject drugs

Recent incarceration is a driver of HIV and hepatitis C infections in people who inject drugs, according to a landmark global review.