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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.

04 March 2021

What stops young women and their partners from taking PrEP?

In-depth interviews from Tanzania suggest relationship dynamics and stigma are the biggest influencers on PrEP use.

26 January 2021

Evidence grows on the link between adolescents’ mental health and viral suppression

Study among teenagers living with HIV in Johannesburg finds 9% have a mental health issue – and are more likely to be virally unsuppressed than others

05 January 2021

Make ‘U=U’ discussions a standard part of HIV care, researchers urge

Global survey finds a high proportion of people living with HIV know that ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ – and are more likely to be healthy compared to those who are unaware.

30 October 2020

Strengths and weaknesses of HIV care in Uganda exposed

Test and treat analysis from Eastern Uganda finds 90% of people diagnosed start treatment – but one in five has left care after 12 months

29 October 2020

Indonesian HIV care cascade scheme has mixed results

Government initiative increases retention in care by a third but struggles to expand treatment access or reduce deaths among people with HIV.

14 October 2020

66% decline in new HIV patients following introduction of user fees in Nigeria

User fees lead to a ‘drastic’ fall in the number of people starting HIV care at a PEPFAR-funded clinic in Lagos.

07 October 2020

Should men who buy sex be considered a key population?

The first evidence review to focus on men who buy sex – rather than women who sell it – finds a strong association between purchasing sex and HIV.

25 September 2020

Ugandan study finds many are willing to start PrEP but stop it soon after

Study among fisherfolk, sex workers, truck drivers and others at higher risk of HIV finds many are willing to try PrEP – but only for around six weeks.

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

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.