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21 March 2018

HIV self-testing reduces risk-taking behaviour in sex workers

HIV self-testing leads to positive sexual behaviour change among Zambian female sex workers, according to new study. 

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09 February 2018

Key vaginal bacteria identified that increase HIV risk in women

Women's risk of HIV significantly associated with key bacteria and their abundance in the vagina.

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22 November 2017

Men left behind – an analysis of 12 years of HIV treatment in South Africa

South Africa’s national antiretroviral treatment programme has successfully reduced deaths and enabled people with HIV to maintain good health – but men are far less likely to benefit.

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20 October 2017

Radical reductions in health inequalities with HIV treatment

New research shows antiretroviral treatment radically reduces health inequalities – supporting arguments for scale-up of HIV treatment in low-resourced contexts.

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10 October 2017

Depression: a ‘serious public health hazard’ for people with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

Untreated depression could seriously compromise treatment outcomes for people living with HIV, warn critics.

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04 September 2017

The HIV ‘failure cascade’: low-resourced settings and the last ‘90’

HIV programmes must develop strategies and allocate resources for people who enter the ‘failure care cascade’ – or risk jeopardising the important gains already made on HIV treatment.

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21 June 2017

Getting children on HIV treatment – the failure of the Global Plan

Ending paediatric AIDS is now within our reach thanks to the mass scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services. However, the treatment needs for children already living with HIV must to be urgently addressed.

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13 April 2017

Male involvement crucial for keeping women on Option B+ in Malawi

A lack of male involvement in their partner’s HIV treatment programme before and after pregnancy has been found to be one of the biggest challenges to retaining women in HIV care in Malawi.

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14 March 2017

Kenyan experience highlights potential of Situation Room HIV mobile app

Just over a year since launch, a new mobile app is helping Kenya track progress, plan and allocate resources for the HIV response, providing useful learning for other countries.

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19 January 2017

Rural and urban patterns of HIV drug resistance in South Africa

HIV is more proactively monitored among urban HIV patients than rural patients, and drug resistance and treatment failure is less prevalent. However outcomes for second line treatment remain similar.

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