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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.

17 September 2019

Lesotho achieves second 90 after rapid treatment expansion

The latest Lesotho national HIV survey reports high HIV prevalence among adults, but access to effective antiretroviral treatment is rapidly accelerating.

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23 July 2019

Vouchers increase early contraceptive uptake in women living with HIV

Vouchers can play a role in empowering more women to take up early contraceptive services after pregnancy.

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12 July 2019

HIV viral load monitoring is valued in Mozambique, but test result delays can disempower health workers and patients

Qualitative study in Mozambique highlights how structural challenges around viral load monitoring can disempower health workers and people living with HIV.

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02 July 2019

Simple questionnaire to monitor HIV treatment adherence in children

New study finds that questionnaire can improve self-report measures of adherence in children at low-cost.

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06 June 2019

Community based adherence clubs have higher drop-out rates than those based in clinics

Differentiated care models need further investigation to support people living with HIV with taking their antiretroviral treatment (ART).

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13 March 2019

Point-of-care HIV viral load testing improves health outcomes

Giving patients their viral load test results on the same day improves viral load suppression rates and motivates patients to remain healthy.

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11 March 2019

Adolescents living with HIV in Zimbabwe are happier with peer mentors

Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS), a type of peer mentor in Zimbabwe, are a powerful tool to improve treatment outcomes and psychosocial wellbeing for young people living with HIV.

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28 February 2019

What are the treatment challenges for the over 50s in Africa?

Although older adults in Uganda showed a high regard for the importance of antiretroviral treatment, structural factors such as wait times and ageism still provide barriers to adherence.

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19 November 2018

The ‘Mama Mshauri’ effect: keeping mothers in HIV care after birth

Women in Kenya assigned to a lay counsellor – known as a ‘Mama Mshauri’ – to help them in the period around their birth are more likely to stay in care compared to mothers who were not.

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07 November 2018

Linking HIV stigma, denial and poor health 

People living with HIV who stigmatise and think negatively about themselves because of their HIV status are less likely to start treatment and reach viral load suppression.

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