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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.

21 March 2018

HIV self-testing reduces risk-taking behaviour in sex workers

HIV self-testing leads to positive sexual behaviour change among Zambian female sex workers, according to new study. 

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16 March 2018

6 HIV facts to shout about

First off, it’s not all about condoms... Believe it or not, condoms aren’t the only way to prevent HIV anymore.

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26 February 2018

‘PrEP Brazil’ a success for gay men and trans women

Results from Latin America’s first PrEP demonstration project reveal that it is both feasible and effective as an HIV prevention method in the region. Will Brazil’s example pave the way for the rest of the region?

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09 February 2018

Key vaginal bacteria identified that increase HIV risk in women

Women's risk of HIV significantly associated with key bacteria and their abundance in the vagina.

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03 November 2017

Young women in South Africa better off with daily PrEP

Young, sexually active women at high risk of HIV in South Africa more likely to take PrEP daily over other time or events-based methods new study finds.

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02 November 2017

Declines in condom use while on PrEP does not increase HIV risk in sex workers

PrEP for sex workers in South Africa can be a success for HIV prevention, as long as high levels of adherence are maintained.

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26 September 2017

New research casts doubt on age gap theory of HIV transmission

Research from South Africa suggests a women’s HIV risk may be driven more by their male partner’s age rather than the age gap between them.

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04 September 2017

The HIV ‘failure cascade’: low-resourced settings and the last ‘90’

HIV programmes must develop strategies and allocate resources for people who enter the ‘failure care cascade’ – or risk jeopardising the important gains already made on HIV treatment.

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30 August 2017

Abstinence education is a theoretical dream that does not work

A review of abstinence-only education policies and programmes in the United States (USA) found they violated human rights, stigmatised or excluded youth, reinforced gender stereotypes, and set back HIV and other STI prevention efforts.

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06 June 2017

Grindr survey reveals many gay men using PrEP without doctor support

There is a high appetite for increased access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among gay app users in Switzerland, according to research looking into the need for a national PrEP programme.

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