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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.

29 January 2020

Targeted testing in Botswana increases HIV diagnoses by 77% among young people and 37% among men

Mobile testing and door-to-door approaches result in a 25% increase in status awareness, with particularly significant gains in diagnosing HIV-positive young people and men.

23 January 2020

Less isolated, less fearful: peer-led programme for HIV-positive adolescents has significant impact

An evaluation of Zvandiri, a teen-led programme for HIV-positive adolescents in Zimbabwe, finds it significantly improves treatment outcomes and boosts self-esteem.

19 December 2019

High proportion of West African men who have sex with men engaging in transactional sex

46% of men who have sex with men in West Africa trade sex for material goods – with younger men and those who experience stigma more likely to do so.

16 December 2019

Social enterprise sexual health scheme doubles contraceptive use

A network of micro-pharmacists trained to provide sexual reproductive health services in Uganda doubled contraceptive use - but has little impact on HIV knowledge.

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.

29 November 2019

Community health workers make the difference!

This World AIDS DAY 2019 hear from three community health workers in southern Africa as they share their experiences of the job and the challenges they face in their work.

25 November 2019

What do potential HIV self-testers think about the new technology in Africa?

Evidence review reveals what HIV self-testers, potential testers, policy-makers and healthcare providers in Eastern and Southern Africa think of the new testing technology.

22 November 2019

‘No benefit’ in giving HIV-exposed babies co-trimoxazole, study finds

South African study finds co-trimoxazole did not increase protection against pneumonia or diarrhoea among HIV-exposed infants in their first year of life. But in Malaria-ridden areas, there is still a case.

12 November 2019

‘Critically low’ awareness of HIV status among gay men in Africa

Men who have sex with men in Africa are more likely to test for HIV than other African men, but are significantly less likely to be on treatment or virally suppressed.