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15 July 2020

High levels of HIV, low levels of treatment in gay men and trans woman in Johannesburg

Around 40% of transgender women and gay men tested HIV positive in Johannesburg – but only a third are on treatment.

01 July 2020

HIV testing in South Africa rises by 45% in 12 years

The proportion of South Africans ever testing for HIV increased from 30% to 75% between 2005 and 2017 – but differences remain in who is getting tested

17 June 2020

Study finds increased risk of death from COVID-19 for people living with HIV and TB

People living with HIV and TB in South Africa are 2.75 and 2.5 times respectively more likely to die from COVID-19 – but this risk is much lower than for age and diabetes.

10 June 2020

Treatment failure among HIV-positive newborns linked to mother’s non-adherence

South African study finds that treatment fails in two-thirds of HIV-positive infants, and that failure is linked to concurrent maternal treatment failure.

28 May 2020

The HIV testing gap: poorer and less educated Africans still missing out

Despite intensified efforts to increase HIV testing in sub-Saharan Africa, poorer and less educated people are still missing out.

15 May 2020

Dolutegravir may be more effective in pregnant women starting HIV treatment late

When starting treatment in the third trimester, women taking dolutegravir more likely to achieve undetectable viral loads at the time of giving birth compared with those taking efavirenz.

13 May 2020

Brothers for Life: why building social support could improve HIV testing and treatment among men

Study finds a programme in Côte d’Ivoire offering male-only groups and peer support is helping men test for HIV, accept treatment and stay on it.

29 April 2020

Better access to cervical cancer testing and treatment could prevent thousands of HIV-positive women dying

Expanding access to even the most basic form of cervical cancer screening and treatment could prevent thousands of deaths among women living with HIV in Kenya

16 April 2020

Children with perinatal HIV respond well to the switch to second-line treatment

In all regions, children show significant immune recovery after switching to second-line treatment, but still too many children switch late.

08 April 2020

Point-of-care infant HIV testing increases rates of confirmatory testing by 55%

Rapid HIV testing at six weeks more than doubles the proportion of HIV-positive newborns getting a confirmatory diagnosis.