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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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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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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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09 May 2017

Kenya begins mass roll-out of HIV self-testing and PrEP

Kenya embraces new HIV testing technologies to scale-up HIV prevention efforts in the country.

 

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10 April 2017

Women prefer sex with circumcised men and play key role influencing men's VMMC decision

Women’s views on voluntary male medical circumcision form an important part of the delivery and mass roll-out of this HIV prevention strategy.

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25 October 2016

Understanding the barriers to circumcision in southern and eastern Africa

Despite a willingness of men to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention benefits in sub-Saharan Africa, uptake is low with just 56% of the 20.8 million circumcisions by 2016 target met.

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25 May 2016

In Option B+, side-effects and needing time to think are key reasons for not taking HIV medication

A qualitative study of women in Malawi who chose not to take HIV treatment as part of the country’s Option B+ programme, or who interrupted their treatment, has found that needing more time to think, concerns about partner support, and side-effects were important reasons for declining to take HIV treatment.

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