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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.

11 July 2016

Feasible to prescribe ART to emergency department patients with suspected acute HIV infection

Pilot study demonstrates that delivering antiretroviral treatment to individuals presenting to emergency departments with suspected acute HIV infection is highly feasible,

01 July 2016

Only one in six people who are dependent on drugs on treatment

Only one in six of the 29 million people who are dependent on drugs are accessing the vital treatment and support services they need, according to new data released by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

20 June 2016

25 million transgender people find it difficult accessing healthcare

25 million transgender people experience difficulties in accessing services that can help them feel supported and keep them both physically and mentally healthy, according to a landmark Lancet series on transgender health.

16 June 2016

MTV Shuga viewers twice as likely to test for HIV

People who watch the popular MTV series ‘MTV Shuga’ for over six months are more than twice as likely to get tested for HIV compared to those who do not watch the show.

10 June 2016

US funding for key populations ‘small win’ from controversial UN meeting

The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has created an investment fund of US $100 million for populations most affected by HIV, including men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, people who use drugs, prisoners and transgender people. 

08 June 2016

Thailand first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Thailand has become the first country in Asia to eliminnate mother-to-child transmission, meaning the rate of transmission has fallen below 2%.

03 June 2016

Injectable opiate substitution treatment approved by FDA

An injectable version of the opiate substitution treatment (OST) buprenorphine – which is delivered through an implant – has been approved for use in the USA by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

31 May 2016

2 million more on HIV treatment in 2015

At least two million more people were accessing HIV treatment globally in 2015 than a year earlier, according to new data from UNAIDS.

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.

20 May 2016

Organisations representing gay and drug user voices banned from UN High-Level Meeting

More than 20 organisations representing the voices of people who use drugs and LGBT communities have been banned by their countries from attending next month’s UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.