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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.

09 February 2018

Key vaginal bacteria identified that increase HIV risk in women

Women's risk of HIV significantly associated with key bacteria and their abundance in the vagina.

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03 November 2017

Young women in South Africa better off with daily PrEP

Young, sexually active women at high risk of HIV in South Africa more likely to take PrEP daily over other time or events-based methods new study finds.

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02 November 2017

Declines in condom use while on PrEP does not increase HIV risk in sex workers

PrEP for sex workers in South Africa can be a success for HIV prevention, as long as high levels of adherence are maintained.

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26 September 2017

New research casts doubt on age gap theory of HIV transmission

Research from South Africa suggests a women’s HIV risk may be driven more by their male partner’s age rather than the age gap between them.

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04 September 2017

The HIV ‘failure cascade’: low-resourced settings and the last ‘90’

HIV programmes must develop strategies and allocate resources for people who enter the ‘failure care cascade’ – or risk jeopardising the important gains already made on HIV treatment.

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09 May 2017

Kenya begins mass roll-out of HIV self-testing and PrEP

Kenya embraces new HIV testing technologies to scale-up HIV prevention efforts in the country.

 

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10 April 2017

Women prefer sex with circumcised men and play key role influencing men's VMMC decision

Women’s views on voluntary male medical circumcision form an important part of the delivery and mass roll-out of this HIV prevention strategy.

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13 January 2017

Vaginal bacteria could play a key role in regulating HIV risk among women

Understanding the vaginal microbiome and how it impacts HIV risk could help develop more effective treatment and prevention strategies for young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

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25 October 2016

Understanding the barriers to circumcision in southern and eastern Africa

Despite a willingness of men to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention benefits in sub-Saharan Africa, uptake is low with just 56% of the 20.8 million circumcisions by 2016 target met.

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25 May 2016

In Option B+, side-effects and needing time to think are key reasons for not taking HIV medication

A qualitative study of women in Malawi who chose not to take HIV treatment as part of the country’s Option B+ programme, or who interrupted their treatment, has found that needing more time to think, concerns about partner support, and side-effects were important reasons for declining to take HIV treatment.

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05 April 2016

Does Uganda need to realign its male circumcision campaign?

Although more Ugandan men are seeking medical circumcision, the government is falling short of its 80 per cent target. This has led some health experts to ask if Uganda should adopt a new strategy to encourage more men to come forward.

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