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.
Lockdown in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa saw HIV testing halve and the weekly number of people beginning antiretroviral treatment fall by 200.
Vietnam trial offered people who use drugs buprenorphine during HIV clinic visits to see if was as effective at supporting viral suppression as getting methadone from specialist clinics.
Low rates of viral load testing among pregnant women highlight need to review care for pregnant women living with HIV.
More than 10% of men who have sex with men, sex workers and prisoners with HIV have drug resistance when beginning treatment
Waiting time for results dramatically reduces when sample analysis happens in health facilities rather than centralised labs – but increased viral loads often go unaddressed
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
Review initially finds dolutegravir has no links to birth defects then revises its findings to report a ‘slightly higher’ – but minimal – incidence after two cases emerge
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
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.
Global survey finds a high proportion of people living with HIV know that ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ – and are more likely to be healthy compared to those who are unaware.