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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.

26 September 2016

Prisoners in Zambia need better access to HIV services

Zambian officials promote absitinence in prisons, turning a blind eye to the HIV prevention needs of men who have sex with men

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07 September 2016

Income generation project boosts condom use among Burundian sex workers

Sex workers in Burundi have more negotiating power to demand safer sex, thanks to efforts to help them find new ways of earning an income.

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17 May 2016

Homophobia and transphobia in Zimbabwe: how to access HIV services?

“As I was developing into adulthood I started looking at a wide range of online media platforms searching for information on HIV prevention services and where l could access them. I just had a feeling that when I visited the nearest health facility the service providers might eavesdrop the service which I wanted to access.”

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05 April 2016

Does Uganda need to realign its male circumcision campaign?

Although more Ugandan men are seeking medical circumcision, the government is falling short of its 80 per cent target. This has led some health experts to ask if Uganda should adopt a new strategy to encourage more men to come forward.

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24 March 2016

Hope's story: "Having TB and HIV is not easy but I am fighting hard"

Sitting in her small flat that she once shared with friends in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, Hope* (27), a sex worker chronicles life from her first diagnosis with tuberculosis (TB) and later HIV.

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02 March 2016

Christine's story: how I help fellow sex workers keep healthy

Christine Namutebi, 21, lost her parents at the age of five, and was not able to stay in school. At the age of 18, she moved to Kampala, Uganda and started selling sex.

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19 January 2016

Angela's story: How I ended up pregnant and with HIV at 15

Lack of information and access to contraceptives is leading to many girls in Uganda having unwanted pregnancies. Angela Tweheyo, 17, from Mbarara District, is one of them.

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12 January 2016

Approval of Truvada a game changer in anti-HIV/AIDS effort

The recent approval of the drug Truvada in Kenya as PrEP reflects commitment from the regulatory authority to fast-track the review of drugs of public health importance.

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10 December 2015

Violence against women is both cause and consequence of HIV transmission

Testing HIV positive was the beginning of Margaret Mbabazi’s anguish. It never crossed her mind that her husband and the father of her four children could chase her away from their marital home. But when he tested HIV negative that is exactly what happened.

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09 November 2015

Uganda: young people need access to quality family planning services

Ndaula Hamidu, 24, was born with HIV and is now an advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and services, including family planning – issues he says concern young men as well as young women.

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