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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.

26 November 2021

How traditional and medical male circumcision services could work together

Medical male circumcision reduces HIV transmission, but in many communities, young men are still opting for traditional practices. Researchers spoke to men in Malawi to find out why

18 November 2021

What is stopping sex workers from testing for syphilis?

Sex workers are more likely to test for HIV than syphilis, despite being at high risk for both. Researchers interviewed sex workers in Uganda to find out why

10 November 2021

Can traditional healers and health clinics work together to improve the sexual health of adolescents?

Researchers in rural Zimbabwe have suggested five ways to improve collaboration to address high rates of STIs facing adolescents

04 November 2021

Informal mobile-health: Potential and pitfalls for community health workers

Many health workers are using their own phones to help them at work, rather than using a provided phone as part of a formal ‘m-health’ scheme. What can be done to use this informal system and make it fairer? 

28 October 2021

Delivering HIV treatment via van: four reasons why it works

More people with HIV benefited from effective treatment after it was provided in vans parked in convenient places like community centres and sports fields

22 October 2021

Where do young people like to get their sexual and reproductive health information from?

Study with university students in Tanzania suggests many wanted to talk to a parent about sex during adolescence but were more likely to speak to their friends

07 October 2021

Action needed to address cancer risk among young people with HIV

A decade of data from South Africa shows AIDS defining cancers are the most common type of cancer, linked with low CD4 counts 

01 October 2021

Sex workers report unexpected benefits of PrEP and HIV self-testing

Interviews with sex workers in Uganda highlight economic and relationship benefits alongside advantages for sexual health 

30 September 2021

Mix of digital and in-person training improves index testing in Malawi

Trial offering health workers ‘blended’ training results in a two-fold increase in the number of people diagnosed with HIV

24 September 2021

Kenyan adolescents with HIV facing ‘devastating’ effects of COVID-19

Survey in Western Kenya suggests 40% have gone without food and one third have lost out on income or education