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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 January 2021

Point-of-care viral load testing improves HIV care in 7 African countries

Waiting time for results dramatically reduces when sample analysis happens in health facilities rather than centralised labs – but increased viral loads often go unaddressed

26 January 2021

Evidence grows on the link between adolescents’ mental health and viral suppression

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

19 January 2021

Social support and self-esteem found to ‘mitigate’ against the psychological damage of violence

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

14 January 2021

One in six young Zimbabweans test positive for an STI yet only 3% had symptoms

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.

15 December 2020

The link between vaginal bacteria and PrEP effectiveness

A study suggests vaginal bacteria may be playing an underestimated role in PrEP efficacy for women

11 December 2020

Southern African countries nearing 90% viral suppression targets

National data from five Southern African countries suggests nearly 89% of adults on HIV treatment are virally suppressed – but gaps remain.

04 December 2020

Bicycles could hold the key to increasing HIV treatment access in Malawi

Malawians in some rural areas face travel times to HIV clinics that are almost double others’ journeys. 

24 November 2020

Testing for HIV does not increase condom use – but testing HIV positive does

Evidence review suggests enhanced testing services, which offer things such as counselling or support groups, are having little impact on condom use.

18 November 2020

Injectable PrEP tops list as the preferred choice for adolescent girls in Cape Town

UChoose study is the first to assesses adolescent girls’ preferences for contraceptives that mirror PrEP products to establish what type of PrEP is most likely to work for them

10 November 2020

Long-acting PrEP for women – ‘hugely significant’ for the HIV response

News the HIV world has been waiting for – long-acting injectable cabotegravir (CAB-LA) is a potentially game-changing tool to prevent HIV in women.