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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.

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.

24 February 2021

PrEP programmes are ‘missing opportunities’ to test people for sexually transmitted infections

Global evidence review finds wide variation on STI testing, despite people on PrEP being at greater risk of sexually transmitted infections.

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.

12 February 2021

Is buprenorphine as effective as methadone in supporting people who use drugs to become virally suppressed?

Vietnam trial offered people who use drugs buprenorphine during HIV clinic visits to see if was as effective at supporting viral suppression as getting methadone from specialist clinics.

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.

03 February 2021

Pre-treatment drug resistant HIV high among key populations

More than 10% of men who have sex with men, sex workers and prisoners with HIV have drug resistance when beginning treatment

28 January 2021

Point-of-care viral load testing improves HIV care in 7 African countries

Waiting time for results dramatically reduces when sample analysis happens in health facilities rather than centralised labs – but increased viral loads often go unaddressed

26 January 2021

Evidence grows on the link between adolescents’ mental health and viral suppression

Study among teenagers living with HIV in Johannesburg finds 9% have a mental health issue – and are more likely to be virally unsuppressed than others

22 January 2021

Brazil provides more evidence on link between dolutegravir and birth defects

Review initially finds dolutegravir has no links to birth defects then revises its findings to report a ‘slightly higher’ – but minimal – incidence after two cases emerge