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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.

28 September 2018

HIV and abortion – a human rights challenge

On International Safe Abortion Day (28 September), we give an overview of the link between HIV and abortion and the need for broader sexual reproductive health rights for women.

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07 September 2018

HIV, breastfeeding and being ‘undetectable’

Scientists are hesitant to declare that there is no risk of HIV transmission during breastfeeding by mothers with an undetectable viral load, as they have done for sexual transmission. We talk through why it’s contentious.

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20 August 2018

New ‘treat all’ hepatitis C guidelines learn from the HIV experience

In their first treatment update since 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopts a ‘treat all’ approach for hepatitis C, guided by the success of the HIV treatment experience.

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02 August 2018

Dolutegravir, contraception and women’s choice

Dolutegravir’s first bump in the road to global roll-out begs larger questions around women’s rights and access to contraceptives at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018).

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19 April 2018

Safe and effective $300 hepatitis C treatment a global game-changer

Interim clinical trial results offer hope to people living with hepatitis C who stand to benefit from reduced price treatment, including the 2.3 million people who have HIV co-infection.

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05 January 2018

2020 family planning targets in doubt besides progress

The 2020 goal of reaching 120 million additional girls and young women with modern contraceptives is likely to be missed, despite millions of new users.

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21 December 2017

The challenge of HIV drug resistance as prevalence exceeds 10%

As HIV drug resistance increases in low- and middle-income countries, getting people onto antiretroviral treatment means little in the long run if treatment programming is not also strengthened.

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16 October 2017

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is to accelerate efforts in just 13 countries under its news strategy. But critics say this narrowed focus could lead to a resurgence of the HIV epidemic.

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29 September 2017

Disagreement over best treatment regimes for pregnant women with HIV

A BMJ international panel made up of women living with HIV, specialist doctors, and general practitioners recommends non-tenofovir based treatment regimes for pregnant women living with HIV.

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08 September 2017

HIV funding cutbacks: severe health outcomes for minimal financial gains

Savings would be ‘small and transient’ – raising significant ethical and efficacy concerns about the benefit of US budget cuts for HIV programming abroad. 

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