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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.

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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12 October 2018

Adolescents and HIV: kindness and time key factors for treatment retention

New research from South Africa provides insights into the factors associated with retention of adolescents in HIV care, suggesting relatively low‐cost interventions could significantly improve adherence and retention in care.

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12 July 2018

‘Out’ vs. ‘hidden’ – how HIV transmission patterns differ in men who have sex with men

Men who don’t disclose same-sex sexual behaviour have different HIV transmission patterns compared to other men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexual men.

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20 June 2018

The reality of living with HIV as a refugee in Uganda

Violence and lack of resources mean refugees living with HIV face unique barriers to adhering to treatment.

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05 April 2018

Violence a major driver for teens not taking their HIV treatment

Adolescent treatment non-adherence remains a major challenge in sub-Saharan Africa. Addressing structural barriers to care retention, such as violence, could be key.

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22 March 2018

One-fifth of all cancers in people living with HIV could have been avoided by not smoking

Nearly one-fifth (19%) of all cancers among people living with HIV could have been avoided by not smoking according to a recent study among people living with HIV in North America.

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30 January 2018

Chemsex is an issue among gay men living with HIV in the UK, study reveals

With three in ten gay men living with HIV engaging in chemsex in the last year in the UK, understanding its association with the country’s HIV and STI epidemics is critical to put an end to new infections.

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15 December 2017

Persistent low-level viraemia – a serious threat to treatment programmes in low-resourced countries

Low-level viraemia is linked to treatment failure, but we are failing to make best use of effective HIV treatment as a result of inadequate viral load monitoring.

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05 December 2017

No evidence of stigma towards people using PrEP on dating apps

‘Encouraging’ study casts first light on PrEP-related stigma among gay and bisexual men on dating apps, following concerns about growing negative attitudes towards PrEP users.

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15 November 2017

Falls in new HIV diagnoses among women in the USA masks racial inequalities

Black women in the USA continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, according to the latest US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics.

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