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HIV self-testing is found to be more popular than standard testing, particularly among men, but accessing treatment after a positive result is an issue.
In-depth interviews from Tanzania suggest relationship dynamics and stigma are the biggest influencers on PrEP use.
Treatment coverage and viral suppression more than doubles in a year without a significant increase in treatment failure or drug resistance.
Lockdown in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa saw HIV testing halve and the weekly number of people beginning antiretroviral treatment fall by 200.
Low rates of viral load testing among pregnant women highlight need to review care for pregnant women living with HIV.
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
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.