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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.

22 October 2020

Urgent need to address mental health among women who sell sex

Women who sell sex are experiencing high levels of mental health issues, reveals a groundbreaking evidence review.

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.

31 July 2020

‘Significant step’ for HIV prevention as vaginal ring gets green light from the European Medicines Agency

Ring containing the antiretroviral drug dapivirine could be available in Africa as early as 2021 after it was found to reduce women’s HIV risk by 30 to 50%.

23 June 2020

Hundreds of young Nigerians crowdsource ideas to improve HIV self-testing

Peer distribution, youth branding and social media campaigns emerge as top ideas in crowdsourcing contest to improve HIV self-testing among young people.

11 June 2020

Non-medical fabric face masks can limit the spread of COVID-19

World Health Organization changes its position on the wearing of non-medical fabric face masks.

06 March 2020

PrEP could avert up to 8% of new infections by 2030

Modelling finds PrEP has the potential to avert between 3 and 8% of HIV infections in 13 African and Caribbean countries by 2030 if three key populations can access it

11 February 2020

Only half of those on HIV treatment are virally suppressed in Ghana

Viral load testing trial finds 49% are virally unsuppressed while one in five are failing their treatment with suspected drug resistance.

07 February 2020

PrEP during pregnancy: safety evidence ‘reassuring’ but gaps remain

Research on PrEP safety for pregnant women and their babies finds no adverse effects – but knowledge gaps remain.  

28 January 2020

Taking PrEP alongside oestrogen ‘may limit’ its effectiveness, study warns

Study with transgender women suggests taking on-demand PrEP with hormone therapy may result in drug levels too low for HIV prevention. 

15 January 2020

Condom testing for anal sex finds very low failure rates

The largest-ever study examining the effectiveness of condoms for anal sex finds remarkably low levels of failure, and calls to label their use in this way.