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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.

28 February 2020

Same-day viral load testing linked to significant improvements in HIV treatment

South African trial finds 90% of people receiving rapid viral load testing were virally suppressed and in care after 12 months, compared to 76% who waited for tests.

24 September 2019

New HIV infections fall by more than half in Ugandan fishing communities

HIV incidence more than halved among people from fishing communities in Lake Victoria, Uganda, after rapid expansion of HIV services.

30 August 2019

Routine point-of-care viral load testing a success in Malawi

Routine point‐of‐care viral load monitoring achieves high testing coverage rates and same-day delivery of results in decentralised clinics. 

29 August 2019

Community HIV treatment re-fill groups are positively received in Zimbabwe

Innovative HIV service delivery models are well received and have the potential to improve health outcomes.

22 August 2019

‘Alarming’ rates of second-line HIV treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa

Second-line treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa is a public health crisis we need to control.

13 June 2019

‘Treat all’ led to more rapid HIV treatment uptake in Africa

New analysis reveals real-world impact of the national roll-out of ‘treat all’ guidelines on antiretroviral treatment uptake in sub-Saharan Africa.

23 April 2019

Confidentiality breaches, stigma and a lack of time are stopping men in Côte d’Ivoire from getting tested and treated for HIV

Interviews with men in Côte d’Ivoire reveal radical differences in the perceptions of those who do and don’t access care.

15 April 2019

First two-drug pill approved for new HIV treatment starters

Treatment- naïve people living with HIV now have drug-sparing antiretroviral treatment options with new once-daily, two-drug, fixed-dose treatment, Dovato.

01 March 2019

7% of children living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa die in the two years after starting treatment

HIV care attrition is more common in paediatric patients living with HIV; understanding how much of this is mortality-related can help policymakers develop interventions to stop it.

13 February 2019

Cryptococcal meningitis screening is worth the money in Uganda

Cost should not be a barrier for the full implementation of cryptococcal meningitis screening programmes for people living with HIV as per World Health Organization recommendations.