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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.

19 February 2021

Treatment trial for African transgender women and men who have sex with men shows successful scale-up is possible

Treatment coverage and viral suppression more than doubles in a year without a significant increase in treatment failure or drug resistance.

17 February 2021

Counting the cost of COVID-19 on HIV care in Africa

Lockdown in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa saw HIV testing halve and the weekly number of people beginning antiretroviral treatment fall by 200.

10 February 2021

Less than 2% of pregnant women in Uganda receive timely viral load testing

Low rates of viral load testing among pregnant women highlight need to review care for pregnant women living with HIV.

28 January 2021

Point-of-care viral load testing improves HIV care in 7 African countries

Waiting time for results dramatically reduces when sample analysis happens in health facilities rather than centralised labs – but increased viral loads often go unaddressed

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

19 January 2021

Social support and self-esteem found to ‘mitigate’ against the psychological damage of violence

Study of young South Africans living with HIV finds a third have experienced violence and a similar proportion are depressed – but those with support and self-esteem are less likely to suffer

14 January 2021

One in six young Zimbabweans test positive for an STI yet only 3% had symptoms

Study calls for increased testing of STIs, in place of diagnosing based on symptoms alone, as many young Zimbabweans with an STI present with zero symptoms.

15 December 2020

The link between vaginal bacteria and PrEP effectiveness

A study suggests vaginal bacteria may be playing an underestimated role in PrEP efficacy for women

11 December 2020

Southern African countries nearing 90% viral suppression targets

National data from five Southern African countries suggests nearly 89% of adults on HIV treatment are virally suppressed – but gaps remain.