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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.

10 January 2020

WHO urges countries to switch from laboratory-based HIV diagnostics to point-of-care testing

New World Health Organization policy indicates that countries should replace western blotting and line immunoassays, which can only be conducted in laboratories, with simpler methods such as rapid diagnostic tests.

09 January 2020

On demand PrEP effective for gay men having less frequent sex

Findings from France and Canada suggest it is safe to offer men who have sex with men a choice between daily and ‘on-demand’ PrEP if they are not having frequent sex.

30 December 2019

A third of sexually transmitted HIV infections in 2016 linked to herpes

The first global and regional estimates showing the link between herpes and HIV finds 30% of new HIV infections in 2016 were attributable to the STI.

23 December 2019

Supervised injection facilities reduce risk of premature death in Canada

Decade-long Canadian study of people who inject drugs reports high number of premature deaths – but finds those who regularly use supervised injection facilities are significantly less likely to die.

19 December 2019

High proportion of West African men who have sex with men engaging in transactional sex

46% of men who have sex with men in West Africa trade sex for material goods – with younger men and those who experience stigma more likely to do so.

16 December 2019

Social enterprise sexual health scheme doubles contraceptive use

A network of micro-pharmacists trained to provide sexual reproductive health services in Uganda doubled contraceptive use - but has little impact on HIV knowledge.

10 December 2019

Urbanisation of rural Uganda is driving HIV in the country

Study identifies new structural drivers of Uganda’s HIV epidemic alongside the persistence of known drivers such as stigma and gender-based violence.

06 December 2019

WHO recommends rapid dual HIV/syphilis tests for pregnant women

New policy brief recommends screening for HIV and syphilis using a single test to reduce mother-to-child transmission of syphilis, which is linked to 200,000 stillbirths annually.

02 December 2019

Lack of drug-resistance testing should not stop prescription of third-line HIV treatment

Two-thirds of people with second-line treatment failure can reach viral suppression following adherence support in West Africa.

29 November 2019

5 things about HIV you need to know this World AIDS Day

This World AIDS Day 2019 (1 December), we ask you: do you know your HIV basics? Every year this day is marked to raise awareness of HIV, change negative attitudes, and fight misinformation. This year, we have created five explainer videos that talk you through everything you need to know about HIV.