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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.

10 July 2019

Combining CRISPR gene editing and slow-release antiretroviral treatment to cure HIV

Two out of seven mice who received novel treatment and gene editing technology have had HIV eliminated from their bodies, reveals a ground-breaking study.

21 June 2019

Vaginal ring can substantially impact HIV prevention, reveals mathematical model

New mathematical modelling study suggests that the dapivirine vaginal ring could substantially reduce HIV infections among South African women and be an affordable intervention depending on roll-out strategy. 

15 March 2019

5 times HIV was ‘cured’

With news of another patient ‘cured’ we look back at 5 big moments in cure research and what they really mean

07 September 2018

HIV, breastfeeding and being ‘undetectable’

Scientists are hesitant to declare that there is no risk of HIV transmission during breastfeeding by mothers with an undetectable viral load, as they have done for sexual transmission. We talk through why it’s contentious.

09 March 2018

CROI 2018: a quick round up of the latest HIV and TB research developments

Get your head around three of the biggest talking points from this year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

17 January 2018

5 HIV cure myths exposed

There is no cure or vaccine for HIV – we debunk myths and rumours which suggest there are.

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.

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.

27 January 2017

Discovery of chemical messages between viruses could provide new way to induce HIV latency

One of the first studies into viral communication shows that viruses that infect bacteria (phages) leave chemical messages for each other which help them decide whether to kill or linger. Disrupting these messages could provide a new way to control HIV.

29 November 2016

Early-stage HIV vaccine trial starts in South Africa

New HIV vaccine trial builds on success of 2009 Thai trial that showed 31.2% effectiveness in preventing HIV.