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Trial results reveal that long-acting injectable cabotegravir as PrEP is highly effective in preventing HIV acquisition in women

The HIV Prevention Trials Network study (HPTN 084) on the safety and efficacy of the long-acting injectable antiretroviral drug cabotegravir (CAB LA), for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in HIV-uninfected women, was stopped early by the trial Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) as results showed CAB LA to be highly effective in preventing HIV acquisition.

Sex workers continue to face threat of rape and abuse from police

Sex workers continue to demand decriminilisation, saying outdated lawscontribute to their abuse at the hands of police, and discrimination in society.

Global challenge for movement on mental health kicks off as lack of investment in mental health leaves millions without access to services

A global social media challenge to get the world moving on mental health is launched today with a call for a massive scale-up in investment in mental health.

A tale of two viruses: How HIV service providers in South Africa pivoted from conducting voluntary medical male circumcisions to community screening for COVID-19

As of October 2020, South Africa has the highest recorded number of total cases of COVID-19 and reported deaths from COVID-19 in Africa, and the ninth highest number of cases in the world.

Shaping the next UNAIDS global AIDS strategy

UNAIDS stakeholders met virtually to engage in the development of the next strategy for the global AIDS response

Patients on ARVs forced to make do with only seven days’ supply as clinics face shortages

#MedicineStockout: Patients fear defaulting on ARV treatment, as some clinics in Ekurhuleni experience shortages. Currently, patients can only access seven days’ supply.

 

What we should have learnt from the Aids pandemic of the 1980s

The similarities between Aids and Covid-19 can be overdone. The two viruses are transmitted differently, and symptoms for the coronavirus materialise far faster than that of Aids.

Top 5 stories on COVID-19 and HIV from AIDS 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about the way we live our lives. Researchers all over the world have been trying to find reliable information about this new virus.

Government strategy shows billions needed to avert healthcare worker crisis

South Africa’s much-anticipated 2030 Human Resources for Health Strategy raises the possibility of severe public sector healthcare worker shortages by 2025.

Peer-based clubs may offer valuable PrEP initiation support to adolescent girls and young women

In-depth interviews with young South African women, published as part of the EMPOWER trial, have highlighted the value of peer support for increasing adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and reducing HIV vulnerabilities.