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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.

24 September 2021

Kenyan adolescents with HIV facing ‘devastating’ effects of COVID-19

Survey in Western Kenya suggests 40% have gone without food and one third have lost out on income or education 

23 July 2021

Trial finds improving household finances linked to effective HIV treatment

More adolescents with HIV virally suppressed after taking part in savings scheme for families in rural Uganda

22 July 2021

YES! Youth-led HIV care pilot in Zambia shows promise

Interviews with HIV clinic staff said the project shifted their views of young people with HIV and gave them a better understanding of the issues they face

11 June 2021

HIV stigma: a vicious cycle for women

Study finds women more likely to both hold discriminatory attitudes related to HIV stigma, and to suffer from them

14 April 2021

Study highlights severe lack of evidence on strategies to keep heterosexual men in HIV care

Evidence review finds very few studies have investigated ways to keep heterosexual men in HIV care in Africa, despite men being more likely than women to die from AIDS-related illness.

17 February 2021

Counting the cost of COVID-19 on HIV care in Africa

Lockdown in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa saw HIV testing halve and the weekly number of people beginning antiretroviral treatment fall by 200.

19 January 2021

Social support and self-esteem found to ‘mitigate’ against the psychological damage of violence

Study of young South Africans living with HIV finds a third have experienced violence and a similar proportion are depressed – but those with support and self-esteem are less likely to suffer

29 September 2020

Death rate triples among people living with HIV who have a mental illness

South African study finds people living with both HIV and mental illness are far more likely to die than their peers, regardless of HIV care.

04 September 2020

CD4 count testing halves in Southern Africa since 2008

Rates of CD4 testing in Africa have halved – yet viral load testing is only reaching around a third of people on HIV treatment

25 August 2020

Half of people living with HIV who need a repeat viral load test received it late

National study finds high levels of repeat viral load monitoring among people whose HIV treatment is beginning to fail – but test waiting times are too long.