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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.

17 May 2017

Self-testing to reach transgender women and gay men in Myanmar welcomed

Trans women and gay men in Myanmar experience stigma and discrimination making them unlikely to access HIV services – HIV self-testing can help fill the HIV testing gap.

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11 May 2017

Drug use patterns in the USA point to more rapid injecting

As prescription opioid addiction continues to increase in the USA – researchers predict a rising epidemic of injecting-related diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.

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13 April 2017

Male involvement crucial for keeping women on Option B+ in Malawi

A lack of male involvement in their partner’s HIV treatment programme before and after pregnancy has been found to be one of the biggest challenges to retaining women in HIV care in Malawi.

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29 March 2017

Online-to-Offline model highly effective in reaching at-risk groups with PrEP services in Thailand

Digital intervention shows success linking hidden, at-risk men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women with HIV testing and PrEP services – and has the potential to be replicated elsewhere with high internet penetration.  

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31 January 2017

Spotlight on supervised drug consumption rooms as the USA looks to open its first facility

As news hits that the USA is to open up its first safer injecting facility – where else in the world do they exist and why are they important for improving health outcomes?

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07 December 2016

People who inject drugs in the USA – a slow decline in new HIV infections amid worrying emerging trends

Injecting drug use accounted for 9% of all new HIV infections in the USA in 2014 – but new demographic trends among people who inject drugs present new challenges for the HIV response. 

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29 November 2016

Seven things we can do to reduce the health impacts of drug use

According to a recent report, 12 million people inject drugs globally, but they are often simply judged, looked down on, condemned or ignored. This has serious health and social consequences for them, their families and their communities – not least in terms of their risk of acquiring or passing on HIV and hepatitis C.

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21 November 2016

Criminal case against 30 HIV-positive men dropped in the Czech Republic

Authorities in the Czech Republic have dropped their case against 30 HIV-positive gay men accused of having unprotected sex and spreading HIV – a criminal offence in the country.

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18 November 2016

Harm reduction programmes: ‘too few, too vulnerable and too underfunded’

People who inject drugs are increasingly left behind in the HIV response, with limited access to harm reduction services that secure their rights and their health. 

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08 November 2016

Ukraine steps-up to fund opiate substitution treatment for people who inject drugs

Key affected populations in middle-income countries are hardest hit by global funding cuts, but Ukraine has made a bold move to fund its own response for people who inject drugs.

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