A key lesson the HIV/AIDS pandemic can offer right now: the importance of knowing one’s status with a virus that won’t necessarily bring on symptoms.   Luckily, stigma is not the same deterrent to testing as it was early on in the AIDS pandemic. But COVID-19 testing has…

Just 41% of HIV+ Russians are taking antiretroviral therapies—some of the lowest rates anywhere.   While Russia doesn’t lack resources to fight its spiraling HIV epidemic, thriving misinformation campaigns mean many Russians deny their diagnosis, and reject treatment.  …

The global gender gap is shrinking when it comes to education and political influence—and HIV treatment now reaches 13 million women aged 15 years and over,ReliefWeb reports.  

When the $100 million clinical trial of the promising HVTN 702 vaccine against HIV was deemed a failure in January, the HIV community was crushed. But it wasn’t the only hope on the horizon. The HIV Vaccine Trials Network has 2 other slightly different vaccines in trials. 

Staff at some South African hospitals forced pregnant HIV-positive women into sterilization after giving birth. The Commission for Gender Equality confirmed 48 cases in 2015 where women signed consent forms for sterilization procedures under duress. The country has one of…

“Stronger, cheaper” injectable drugs in Glasgow have spurred a resurgence of HIV/AIDS: Cases are 10X higher than in 2015. Safe consumption sites reduce the risks of injecting drugs and allow health workers to reach marginalized populations. But despite calls for NHS…

During a historic 2015 outbreak, HIV incidence rates in Austin, Indiana—population 4,000—exceeded those in sub-Saharan Africa.    Why?   Spiraling opioid use—and a slow uptake on needle exchanges that, according to one study, could have slashed Austin’s HIV incidence by 90…

A once-promising HIV vaccine candidate is dead in the water after a major human trial showed it worked no better than the placebo, Bhekisisa reports.  

Women are being coerced into breastfeed their partners in Uganda, and in parts of Tanzania and Kenya—and researchers are beginning to look into the underground phenomenon that’s been linked to gender-based violence.     Researchers from Kyambogo University in Kampala and…

Despite the life-changing potential of antiretroviral treatment, South Africa has an ART uptake problem among its youth—a huge issue for a country that bears 21% of the world’s HIV burden.   Just 44% of 15-19-year-olds who seek HIV care end up taking ART. …