Researchers say they have learned a lot of valuable lessons during the Covid-19 pandemic which can be used to better fight the future spread of HIV and Aids.

Director of Training at the Columbia University in the United States, Dr. Andrea Howard says the test-and-treatment protocols, used for for Covid-19, could also be an effective tool to test for and immediately start anti-retroviral treatments in HIV patients.

Howard says they also found that providing HIV treatment at the site of testing increases treatment initiation and uptake.

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The World Health Organization says the majority of African countries have now reached and moved past their third-wave peaks of the covid-19 pandemic.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says the over-all rate of new infections have shown a decrease of almost 25%.

Moeti says the Delta-variant remains the main driver behind new infections recorded across Africa.

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