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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.

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.

07 February 2020

PrEP during pregnancy: safety evidence ‘reassuring’ but gaps remain

Research on PrEP safety for pregnant women and their babies finds no adverse effects – but knowledge gaps remain.  

28 January 2020

Taking PrEP alongside oestrogen ‘may limit’ its effectiveness, study warns

Study with transgender women suggests taking on-demand PrEP with hormone therapy may result in drug levels too low for HIV prevention. 

15 January 2020

Condom testing for anal sex finds very low failure rates

The largest-ever study examining the effectiveness of condoms for anal sex finds remarkably low levels of failure, and calls to label their use in this way.

10 January 2020

WHO urges countries to switch from laboratory-based HIV diagnostics to point-of-care testing

New World Health Organization policy indicates that countries should replace western blotting and line immunoassays, which can only be conducted in laboratories, with simpler methods such as rapid diagnostic tests.

09 January 2020

On demand PrEP effective for gay men having less frequent sex

Findings from France and Canada suggest it is safe to offer men who have sex with men a choice between daily and ‘on-demand’ PrEP if they are not having frequent sex.

30 December 2019

A third of sexually transmitted HIV infections in 2016 linked to herpes

The first global and regional estimates showing the link between herpes and HIV finds 30% of new HIV infections in 2016 were attributable to the STI.

15 November 2019

First three months after starting treatment a critical time for women living with HIV

Global analysis of death rates among women living with HIV during the first four years of antiretroviral treatment (ART) finds most deaths occur within three months – with some distinct regional variations.

16 August 2019

Age-related policies and laws limit PrEP access where it's needed the most

To what extent do existing policies relating to age of consent for sexual reproductive health (SRH) services also affect PrEP access?

13 August 2019

WHO recommends option of event-driven PrEP for gay men

New technical guidance from the World Health Organization recognises effectiveness of event-driven PrEP for gay men following Prevenir study results.