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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.

07 October 2016

New cervical screening method could save women’s lives in low-income countries

Study in South Africa and Burkina Faso shows that simple HPV screening could help save lives in places with limited health infrastructure.

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05 October 2016

Kenya leads the way in child-friendly TB treatment

Kenya becomes first country in the world to introduce child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicine. It is hoped that the roll-out of this medication will drastically reduce the number of child TB deaths in the country.

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26 May 2016

Off the radar: Cryptococcal meningitis

Cryptococcal meningitis (crypto) may not be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about HIV – but this common opportunistic infection and AIDS-defining illness is one of the leading killers of people living with HIV globally.

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10 May 2016

Hepatitis C becomes the leading infectious disease killer in the USA

Hepatitis C (HCV) has become the leading infectious disease killer in the United States of America (USA), exceeding the combined total deaths of 60 other diseases, including HIV and tuberculosis. HCV is a major co-morbidity for people living with HIV.

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19 April 2016

First diagnosed case of Alzheimer’s in a person living with HIV

Doctors at Georgetown University in the USA have reported the first diagnosed case of Alzheimer’s disease in a person living with HIV. It was previously thought that HIV-related inflammation in the brain may prevent amyloid deposition – one of the likely causes of Alzheimer’s disease. 1

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24 March 2016

Hope's story: "Having TB and HIV is not easy but I am fighting hard"

Sitting in her small flat that she once shared with friends in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, Hope* (27), a sex worker chronicles life from her first diagnosis with tuberculosis (TB) and later HIV.

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28 January 2016

New AVERT and Comic Relief partnership tackles HIV and TB in Zambia

AVERT has launched a new partnership to support communities affected by the dual epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) in Zambia, thanks to funding from Comic Relief.

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30 October 2015

TB the biggest infectious disease killer globally

For the first time ever, more people have died from tuberculosis (TB) than from HIV, making TB the biggest infectious disease killer globally.

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23 March 2015

World TB Day: A call for greater integration of HIV and TB services

This World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, UNAIDS have called for a greater integration of HIV and TB services in order to combat the dual epidemics. In 2013, over 9 million people were diagnosed with TB, of which 1.1 million were also living with HIV. PLHIV are around 30 times more likely to develop opportunistic infections such as TB, with TB being the leading cause of death for PLHIV – among this group, 360,000 deaths can be attributed to TB alone.

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04 March 2015

Ebola disrupts HIV care in Sierra Leone

The recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leon has disrupted HIV care in the country, with hospitals closed because they are overrun with Ebola patients, and non-Ebola patients are too afraid to visit hospitals in fear of getting the virus. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has raised concerns, believing this may lead to an increase in HIV prevalence and antiretroviral drug resistance.

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