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15 December 2017

Persistent low-level viraemia – a serious threat to treatment programmes in low-resourced countries

Low-level viraemia is linked to treatment failure, but we are failing to make best use of effective HIV treatment as a result of inadequate viral load monitoring.

03 November 2017

Young women in South Africa better off with daily PrEP

Young, sexually active women at high risk of HIV in South Africa more likely to take PrEP daily over other time or events-based methods new study finds.

02 November 2017

Declines in condom use while on PrEP does not increase HIV risk in sex workers

PrEP for sex workers in South Africa can be a success for HIV prevention, as long as high levels of adherence are maintained.

02 October 2017

Breakthrough as single-dose HIV treatment deal announced

Agreement ushers in first single-dose, affordable HIV treatment for low- and middle-income countries.

26 September 2017

New research casts doubt on age gap theory of HIV transmission

Research from South Africa suggests a women’s HIV risk may be driven more by their male partner’s age rather than the age gap between them.

22 August 2017

Outrage as Zambia moves to mandatory HIV testing

Mandatory HIV testing is a ‘knee-jerk and untenable reaction’, and it ultimately does not get more people testing for HIV.

21 August 2017

Better patient communication gets more people admitting adherence issues

A pilot that saw health workers adopt ‘patient-centred’ communication at an HIV clinic in rural Tanzania led to a three-fold increase in the number of people openly reporting treatment adherence problems.

25 July 2017

New HIV infections fall by 44% in Swaziland

Swaziland – the country with the world’s largest HIV prevalence – is showing signs of getting the epidemic under control, as more people access treatment and become virally suppressed.

13 July 2017

Malawian gay men living with HIV more likely to live in rural settings

A study of gay men in Malawi reveals very low levels of HIV testing and treatment access nationwide – with distinct geographic disparities in HIV prevalence that need to be taken into consideration and addressed.

06 July 2017

2 million healthcare workers by 2020, says African Union

The African Union endorses two health plans to transform health systems and end AIDS by 2030 in the region.