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29 April 2020

Better access to cervical cancer testing and treatment could prevent thousands of HIV-positive women dying

Expanding access to even the most basic form of cervical cancer screening and treatment could prevent thousands of deaths among women living with HIV in Kenya

22 April 2020

HIV testing trial in Thailand increases retesting by 25%

A pilot scheme that immediately rebooks and provides a reminder for an HIV retest six months later increases attendance by 25%.

21 April 2020

Newer type of HIV drug linked to weight gain

People on integrase inhibitors found to gain more weight on average than those on other treatment regimens

16 April 2020

Children with perinatal HIV respond well to the switch to second-line treatment

In all regions, children show significant immune recovery after switching to second-line treatment, but still too many children switch late.

08 April 2020

Point-of-care infant HIV testing increases rates of confirmatory testing by 55%

Rapid HIV testing at six weeks more than doubles the proportion of HIV-positive newborns getting a confirmatory diagnosis.

30 March 2020

Group therapy improves mental health outcomes for people living with HIV in rural Uganda

Lay health worker-led psychotherapy is an effective and cost-effective strategy to improve mental health outcomes among people living with HIV in low-resourced settings.

11 March 2020

Younger mothers struggle with HIV treatment adherence following birth of baby

Two-thirds of South African mothers living with HIV are on effective treatment following the birth of their child, but only one-third of younger mothers are.

06 March 2020

PrEP could avert up to 8% of new infections by 2030

Modelling finds PrEP has the potential to avert between 3 and 8% of HIV infections in 13 African and Caribbean countries by 2030 if three key populations can access it

05 March 2020

Botswana: HIV incidence ‘likely to increase’ in next 10 years

Despite the country’s successful treatment programme, modelling suggests the rate of new infections is likely to rise – unless prevention is strengthened and groups such as migrants included.

28 February 2020

Same-day viral load testing linked to significant improvements in HIV treatment

South African trial finds 90% of people receiving rapid viral load testing were virally suppressed and in care after 12 months, compared to 76% who waited for tests.