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Studies have revealed that women living with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean are at a greater risk of harm. Misinformation around their contraceptive options and sexual and reproductive health rights has resulted in high levels of unwanted sterilization and abortion in the region.
Study reveals higher levels of disclosure than previously thought among women in Tanzania, especially amongst those in relationships where sexual and reproductive health issues are discussed.
There were no significant differences in adherence and viral suppression rates between people in relationships and those who are single in Brazil, but the type of regime and pill quantities predict better outcomes.
Giving patients their viral load test results on the same day improves viral load suppression rates and motivates patients to remain healthy.
Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS), a type of peer mentor in Zimbabwe, are a powerful tool to improve treatment outcomes and psychosocial wellbeing for young people living with HIV.
Although older adults in Uganda showed a high regard for the importance of antiretroviral treatment, structural factors such as wait times and ageism still provide barriers to adherence.
The number of people living with HIV experiencing more than one non-communicable disease (NCD) increased as they got older, with metabolic diseases being the biggest contributor.
Unplanned pregnancy may be ‘a common and persistent risk factor’ for poor antiretroviral treatment outcomes in South African women living with HIV.
Women in Kenya assigned to a lay counsellor – known as a ‘Mama Mshauri’ – to help them in the period around their birth are more likely to stay in care compared to mothers who were not.
People living with HIV who stigmatise and think negatively about themselves because of their HIV status are less likely to start treatment and reach viral load suppression.