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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.

12 August 2020

Peer-based clubs may offer valuable PrEP initiation support to adolescent girls and young women

An evaluation of peer support clubs in settings with high HIV and gender-based violence prevalence finds increased self-esteem and self-efficacy among participants.

31 July 2020

‘Significant step’ as HIV prevention vaginal ring meets with positive reception from the European Medicines Agency

Ring containing the antiretroviral drug dapivirine could be available in Africa as early as 2021 after it was found to reduce women’s HIV risk by 30 to 50%.

27 July 2020

Asian study links low-level viraemia with treatment failure in children living with HIV

Children living with HIV who experience episodes where they have detectable but low-levels of virus in their blood, while on treatment, are at increased risk of viral failure.

22 July 2020

Sexual health and rights for sex workers - via SMS

An SMS service co-created with sex workers to improve their sexual health met with keen approval during testing.

15 July 2020

High levels of HIV, low levels of treatment in gay men and trans woman in Johannesburg

Around 40% of transgender women and gay men tested HIV positive in Johannesburg – but only a third are on treatment.

03 July 2020

Non-communicable diseases double among older people living with HIV in Latin America

Around 70% of people aged 50-plus receiving HIV care in Latin America in 2015 had an NCD, compared to 32% in the year 2000.

01 July 2020

HIV testing in South Africa rises by 45% in 12 years

The proportion of South Africans ever testing for HIV increased from 30% to 75% between 2005 and 2017 – but differences remain in who is getting tested

23 June 2020

Hundreds of young Nigerians crowdsource ideas to improve HIV self-testing

Peer distribution, youth branding and social media campaigns emerge as top ideas in crowdsourcing contest to improve HIV self-testing among young people.

17 June 2020

Study finds increased risk of death from COVID-19 for people living with HIV and TB

People living with HIV and TB in South Africa are 2.75 and 2.5 times respectively more likely to die from COVID-19 – but this risk is much lower than for age and diabetes.

11 June 2020

Non-medical fabric face masks can limit the spread of COVID-19

World Health Organization changes its position on the wearing of non-medical fabric face masks.