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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.

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.

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

29 January 2020

Targeted testing in Botswana increases HIV diagnoses by 77% among young people and 37% among men

Mobile testing and door-to-door approaches result in a 25% increase in status awareness, with particularly significant gains in diagnosing HIV-positive young people and men.

23 January 2020

Less isolated, less fearful: peer-led programme for HIV-positive adolescents has significant impact

An evaluation of Zvandiri, a teen-led programme for HIV-positive adolescents in Zimbabwe, finds it significantly improves treatment outcomes and boosts self-esteem.

16 December 2019

Social enterprise sexual health scheme doubles contraceptive use

A network of micro-pharmacists trained to provide sexual reproductive health services in Uganda doubled contraceptive use - but has little impact on HIV knowledge.

08 November 2019

Young adolescent girls are benefitting from US-led DREAMS initiative in Africa

Ambitious HIV and sexual health initiative, DREAMS, is successfully reaching young adolescent girls in Kenya and South Africa one year after implementation.

22 October 2019

A decade of HIV treatment has failed the most high-risk young women

A review of HIV incidence among young people in east and southern Africa since antiretroviral treatment (ART) roll-out reveals failures to reach the highest-risk young women.

26 March 2019

Nigerian HIV survey – young women are most affected

More robust data on Nigeria’s HIV epidemic provides new insights that can help target HIV resources.

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.