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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 May 2018

“We do not have a say in the matter of condom use”: pregnant women in South Africa offer their view on PrEP

A study among pregnant women in South Africa has found many lack control over condom use – and would be willing to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to protect themselves and their babies from HIV.

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18 May 2018

Access to hepatitis C treatment increasing among people living with HIV.

Increasing numbers of people co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) are accessing treatment for HCV as antivirals become more effective – but challenges beyond increasing access, remain.

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10 May 2018

HIV self-testers can use and interpret rapid tests as easily as a health worker

Self-testers are able to perform HIV tests and interpret the results as accurately as healthcare workers, a new evidence review has found.

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02 May 2018

HIV response in Nigeria buckles under pressure of continued conflict with Boko Haram

New comparison reveals significant drops in HIV service provision, as Nigeria’s Borno State feels the impact of years of armed conflict with Boko Haram.  

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17 April 2018

The girl effect: how teenage boys are likely to listen to girls over VMMC

Adolescent girls have an important role to play in influencing adolescent boys’ decision to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), new research suggests.

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12 April 2018

India could shift from efavirenz to dolutegravir for HIV treatment – at no extra cost, new research suggests

Researchers recommend dolutegravir (DTG)‐based antiretrovirals should become the first option for HIV treatment in India, following a study into DTG’s cost-effectiveness.

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09 April 2018

HIV criminalisation deters men from testing and can increase HIV transmission rates

Findings show that fear of prosecution can drive new infections, as it puts men off knowing their status.

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05 April 2018

Violence a major driver for teens not taking their HIV treatment

Adolescent treatment non-adherence remains a major challenge in sub-Saharan Africa. Addressing structural barriers to care retention, such as violence, could be key.

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28 March 2018

New research explores the reasons men stop taking PrEP

Research reveals that most gay and bisexual men who stop taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the USA do so because it is too expensive or they see themselves as no longer having a need for it.  

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22 March 2018

One-fifth of all cancers in people living with HIV could have been avoided by not smoking

Nearly one-fifth (19%) of all cancers among people living with HIV could have been avoided by not smoking according to a recent study among people living with HIV in North America.

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