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21 December 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa: binge drinking more common among people living with HIV

West and southern Africa study reveals significantly higher levels of binge drinking among people living with HIV than the general population.

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14 December 2018

Adolescents living with HIV are struggling to stay in treatment 

New research reveals high rates of loss to follow-up among adolescents, with rates among those acquiring the infection in their teens nearly three times that of those infected perinatally. 

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28 November 2018

‘Alarming’ HIV rates in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe continues to account for the large majority of the 160,000 people newly infected with HIV in the WHO European Region – with little signs of improvement.

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23 November 2018

PrEP in the USA: white people given preference 

Nearly six times as many white people as black people are being prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the USA, despite black people having a greater need. 

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19 November 2018

The ‘Mama Mshauri’ effect: keeping mothers in HIV care after birth

Women in Kenya assigned to a lay counsellor – known as a ‘Mama Mshauri’ – to help them in the period around their birth are more likely to stay in care compared to mothers who were not.

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07 November 2018

Linking HIV stigma, denial and poor health 

People living with HIV who stigmatise and think negatively about themselves because of their HIV status are less likely to start treatment and reach viral load suppression.

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02 November 2018

Malaysia eliminates HIV transmission from mother-to-child

Malaysia celebrates milestone victory for preventable diseases in babies.

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01 November 2018

Recent incarceration drives HIV and hepatitis C epidemics in people who inject drugs

Recent incarceration is a driver of HIV and hepatitis C infections in people who inject drugs, according to a landmark global review.

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22 October 2018

Young women, their male partners and HIV – how relationships vary across settings

New research comparing partners of adolescent girls and young women in Kenya and South Africa reveals important differences between settings – giving further evidence for the need to contextualise HIV responses.

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12 October 2018

Adolescents and HIV: kindness and time key factors for treatment retention

New research from South Africa provides insights into the factors associated with retention of adolescents in HIV care, suggesting relatively low‐cost interventions could significantly improve adherence and retention in care.

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