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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.

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.

10 June 2020

Treatment failure among HIV-positive newborns linked to mother’s non-adherence

South African study finds that treatment fails in two-thirds of HIV-positive infants, and that failure is linked to concurrent maternal treatment failure.

03 June 2020

Social media influencers can play a role in getting gay men to test for HIV

HIV self-testing recruitment strategies, using social media influencers or community organisations, are both effective, but reach different groups of gay men.

28 May 2020

The HIV testing gap: poorer and less educated Africans still missing out

Despite intensified efforts to increase HIV testing in sub-Saharan Africa, poorer and less educated people are still missing out.

15 May 2020

Dolutegravir may be more effective in pregnant women starting HIV treatment late

When starting treatment in the third trimester, women taking dolutegravir more likely to achieve undetectable viral loads at the time of giving birth compared with those taking efavirenz.

13 May 2020

Brothers for Life: why building social support could improve HIV testing and treatment among men

Study finds a programme in Côte d’Ivoire offering male-only groups and peer support is helping men test for HIV, accept treatment and stay on it.

05 May 2020

China: rapid rise in drug-resistant HIV among people not previously on treatment

HIV drug resistance among treatment-naïve people in China rising rapidly from 2012 and tops 10% in Central China.