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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.  

29 January 2020

Targeted testing in Botswana increases HIV diagnoses by 77% among young people and 37% among men

Mobile testing and door-to-door approaches result in a 25% increase in status awareness, with particularly significant gains in diagnosing HIV-positive young people and men.

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. 

23 January 2020

Less isolated, less fearful: peer-led programme for HIV-positive adolescents has significant impact

An evaluation of Zvandiri, a teen-led programme for HIV-positive adolescents in Zimbabwe, finds it significantly improves treatment outcomes and boosts self-esteem.

17 January 2020

HIV infections continue to fall in UK thanks to testing and treatment

UK efforts to end the HIV epidemic by 2030 are advancing, but challenges remain around reaching those undiagnosed and those diagnosed late.

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.