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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.

20 April 2021

‘Dramatic improvements’ as point-of-care HIV testing for infants rolls out in Africa

Data from six countries’ public health programmes suggests the introduction of new testing technologies have significantly increased same-day diagnosis for babies born with HIV and sped up treatment.

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.

06 April 2021

Risky sexual behaviours increasing among young people in Nigeria

Inconsistent condom use and other risky practices particularly common among women and those with limited HIV knowledge, highlighting the need for comprehensive sexual health education.

01 April 2021

More choice in community-based HIV testing leads to higher uptake in South Africa

Providing a variety of ways to test for HIV resulted in high rates of young people coming forward and reduced the gap between men and women.

25 March 2021

More young Zambians are testing for HIV than ever before

Testing rises 40-50% in 10 years, but half of young men and one-third of young women are still not coming forward.

19 March 2021

Promising uptake of HIV self-testing in Africa

HIV self-testing is found to be more popular than standard testing, particularly among men, but accessing treatment after a positive result is an issue.

04 March 2021

What stops young women and their partners from taking PrEP?

In-depth interviews from Tanzania suggest relationship dynamics and stigma are the biggest influencers on PrEP use.

19 February 2021

Treatment trial for African transgender women and men who have sex with men shows successful scale-up is possible

Treatment coverage and viral suppression more than doubles in a year without a significant increase in treatment failure or drug resistance.

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.

10 February 2021

Less than 2% of pregnant women in Uganda receive timely viral load testing

Low rates of viral load testing among pregnant women highlight need to review care for pregnant women living with HIV.