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21 May 2021

Can relationship-based approaches improve uptake of HIV-prevention among serodiscordant couples in Tanzania?

Interviews with heterosexual couples in Tanzania suggest that pairs often make decisions about HIV-prevention together and that working with both partners could increase PrEP and ART access.

30 April 2021

Researchers warn that poor mental health may increase vulnerability to HIV

South African study finds one in five young women have poor mental health as researchers urge HIV prevention programmes to provide mental health support.

28 April 2021

What’s stopping young women in Eswatini from taking PrEP?

A desire for self-care and controlling HIV risk motivates young women to take PrEP but this can be undermined by negative attitudes of partners and family.

10 February 2021

Less than 2% of pregnant women in Uganda receive timely viral load testing

Low rates of viral load testing among pregnant women highlight need to review care for pregnant women living with HIV.

05 February 2021

PrEP vaginal ring set for rollout after WHO endorsement

Significant step as WHO recommends the dapivirine vaginal ring as a new HIV prevention tool following promising trial results

15 December 2020

The link between vaginal bacteria and PrEP effectiveness

A study suggests vaginal bacteria may be playing an underestimated role in PrEP efficacy for women

09 December 2020

Voucher scheme to encourage young South African women to take PrEP has modest impact

Trial reports a 15% difference in high PrEP adherence among participants who received vouchers compared to those who didn’t – but this fell significantly after the vouchers stopped.

18 November 2020

Injectable PrEP tops list as the preferred choice for adolescent girls in Cape Town

UChoose study is the first to assesses adolescent girls’ preferences for contraceptives that mirror PrEP products to establish what type of PrEP is most likely to work for them

27 August 2020

PrEP use does not worsen mental health outcomes, finds Amsterdam study

Dutch study finds no evidence to suggest PrEP use increases mental health issues – and may actually help reduce sexual compulsivity and drug-misuse.

12 August 2020

Peer-based clubs may offer valuable PrEP initiation support to adolescent girls and young women

An evaluation of peer support clubs in settings with high HIV and gender-based violence prevalence finds increased self-esteem and self-efficacy among participants.