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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.

16 January 2019

African women prefer multipurpose HIV prevention products

Researchers borrow from behavioural economics to understand what women in sub-Saharan Africa really want from a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) product.

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11 January 2019

Financial incentives improve HIV self-testing outcomes in Malawian men

Financial incentives for men in sub-Saharan Africa can significantly improve linkages to HIV prevention and treatment services after self-testing.

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09 January 2019

Micro-level mapping in Zimbabwe identifies key HIV hotspots

A detailed geographic analysis of Zimbabwe’s HIV epidemic indicates the greatest concentrations of people living with HIV who lack treatment are in the country’s main cities and urban settlements.  

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03 January 2019

Location inherently linked to unsuppressed viral load among young South African women

Multiple partners, migration, and living in an HIV ‘hotspot’ have been identified as key drivers of unsuppressed viral load among young women living with HIV in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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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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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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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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10 October 2018

New screening tool offers cost-effective way to diagnose more HIV-positive adolescents

A simple questionnaire has been developed and validated in Harare, Zimbabwe, to pre-screen adolescents for HIV testing.

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