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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.

30 March 2020

Group therapy improves mental health outcomes for people living with HIV in rural Uganda

Lay health worker-led psychotherapy is an effective and cost-effective strategy to improve mental health outcomes among people living with HIV in low-resourced settings.

11 March 2020

Younger mothers struggle with HIV treatment adherence following birth of baby

Two-thirds of South African mothers living with HIV are on effective treatment following the birth of their child, but only one-third of younger mothers are.

21 February 2020

High death rate for HIV-associated meningitis reported in African hospitals

Evidence review finds approximately half of hospital patients with cryptococcal, tuberculosis or pneumococcal meningitis died within two weeks or during hospitalisation.

11 February 2020

Only half of those on HIV treatment are virally suppressed in Ghana

Viral load testing trial finds 49% are virally unsuppressed while one in five are failing their treatment with suspected drug resistance.

10 December 2019

Urbanisation of rural Uganda is driving HIV in the country

Study identifies new structural drivers of Uganda’s HIV epidemic alongside the persistence of known drivers such as stigma and gender-based violence.

02 December 2019

Lack of drug-resistance testing should not stop prescription of third-line HIV treatment

Two-thirds of people with second-line treatment failure can reach viral suppression following adherence support in West Africa.

15 October 2019

HIV treatment for over 60s – switching drugs could improve bone and kidney health

Switching from an antiretroviral treatment (ART) regimen containing tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) to a single-tablet regimen containing elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide (ECETA) can improve bone density and kidney safety in those aged 60 and above, new study finds.

20 September 2019

Language development worse among HIV-exposed two-year-olds

Delayed language development found in HIV-negative two-year-olds exposed to the virus during pregnancy.

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.

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.