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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 October 2017

Depression: a ‘serious public health hazard’ for people with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

Untreated depression could seriously compromise treatment outcomes for people living with HIV, warn critics.

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12 October 2016

Zimbabwe: Improved treatment coverage cuts TB rates

Expanding access to treatment for people living with HIV is shown to decrease tuberculosis (TB) incidence – but it is not the silver bullet.

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07 October 2016

New cervical screening method could save women’s lives in low-income countries

Study in South Africa and Burkina Faso shows that simple HPV screening could help save lives in places with limited health infrastructure.

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05 October 2016

Kenya leads the way in child-friendly TB treatment

Kenya becomes first country in the world to introduce child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicine. It is hoped that the roll-out of this medication will drastically reduce the number of child TB deaths in the country.

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24 March 2016

Hope's story: "Having TB and HIV is not easy but I am fighting hard"

Sitting in her small flat that she once shared with friends in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, Hope* (27), a sex worker chronicles life from her first diagnosis with tuberculosis (TB) and later HIV.

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28 January 2016

New AVERT and Comic Relief partnership tackles HIV and TB in Zambia

AVERT has launched a new partnership to support communities affected by the dual epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) in Zambia, thanks to funding from Comic Relief.

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04 March 2015

Ebola disrupts HIV care in Sierra Leone

The recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leon has disrupted HIV care in the country, with hospitals closed because they are overrun with Ebola patients, and non-Ebola patients are too afraid to visit hospitals in fear of getting the virus. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has raised concerns, believing this may lead to an increase in HIV prevalence and antiretroviral drug resistance.

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13 October 2014

De-worming has a positive effect on CD4 count in pregnant women

Treating pregnant HIV-positive women who are on antiretroviral treatment (ART) for helminth infections, also known as worm infections, is proven to increase CD4 count and haemoglobin level and decrease viral HIV load. These findings are a result of a recently published study in Clinical Infectious Diseases, conducted in Rwanda.

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