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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.

12 August 2021

Economic support helps girls say no to transactional sex

Adolescent girls in Zambia say the RISE trial helped them say no to transactional sex and stay in school but also led to a backlash

06 August 2021

Community-based organisation leads the way on successful PrEP rollout for young Kenyan women

Safe spaces, peer mentors and education for male partners and parents result in more young women in Kisumu County, Kenya taking the HIV prevention pill 

03 August 2021

The over-the-counter drug enabling women to have safe abortions in Nigeria

Research suggests Nigerian women are using misoprostol safely and effectively, despite having low knowledge on how it works. 

30 July 2021

‘Men-only’ spaces could improve prevention of mother-to-child transmission

Zambian study suggests men feel uncomfortable in women-dominated antenatal classes, resulting in many having unanswered questions about pregnancy and HIV

23 July 2021

Trial finds improving household finances linked to effective HIV treatment

More adolescents with HIV virally suppressed after taking part in savings scheme for families in rural Uganda

22 July 2021

YES! Youth-led HIV care pilot in Zambia shows promise

Interviews with HIV clinic staff said the project shifted their views of young people with HIV and gave them a better understanding of the issues they face

28 June 2021

Trial offering PrEP to women in South Africa halves HIV incidence

Study records significant decline in HIV incidence despite only one in four women deciding to take PrEP

11 June 2021

HIV stigma: a vicious cycle for women

Study finds women more likely to both hold discriminatory attitudes related to HIV stigma, and to suffer from them

08 June 2021

Study reveals adherence gap in preventing mother-to-child transmission

Ugandan study finds uptake of HIV treatment above 90%, but only three-quarters of women were fully taking medication after two months

02 June 2021

Why people in Kenya quit PrEP

Personal risk, stigma, inconvenient clinic times and locations all influenced people’s decisions to stop using PrEP