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HIV Education That Aims to Empower, Not Shame

“We needed a coordinated media strategy and it needed really to focus less on fear-based messaging and more on empowering people,” said John Sapero, office chief for H.I.V. prevention for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Published
28 December 2015
From
New York Times
South Africa fails to put sexual health policy into practice

In South Africa, 15% of young women and 5% of young men aged 15 to 24 are HIV positive and 50% of new HIV infections are detected in people under 29.Vuyiseka Dubula, general secretary of Treatment Action Campaign, blames poor access to contraception and HIV testing. She says sex education has been greatly improved in recent years, but schools must go further by making condoms and health advice available on site.

Published
19 December 2015
From
The Guardian
Largest HIV self-testing project launches in Africa

At the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), the Self-Testing Africa (STAR) project announced the launch of the largest HIV self-testing project ever seen in Africa. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part, and in the first year alone, nearly 750,000 self-testing kits will be distributed. Over four years, an estimated 2.7 million kits will be made available to the people that need it.

Published
03 December 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection: what’s new

The 2015 guidelines includes 10 new recommendations to improve the quality and efficiency of services to people living with HIV. Implementation of the recommendations in these guidelines on universal eligibility for ART will mean that more people will start ART earlier.

Published
01 December 2015
From
World Health Organization
Home-sampling can help tackle increasing rates of HIV infection

In order to realise the full benefits of testing for HIV, we need to improve access to testing outside of traditional clinics, reaching out to those who may not usually engage with their local sexual health service.

Published
25 November 2015
From
Public Health England
Dating apps join National HIV Testing Week

Grindr, Hornet, and PlanetRomeo are offering free advertising space for the European Test Finder, a website that helps men across the continent find a safe and convenient place to test for the virus.

Published
24 November 2015
From
Gay Times
Hospitals overlook every other person with HIV

A new study reveals that many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection. If tests were more widely used in healthcare, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, especially in Northern Europe.

Published
24 November 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Free HIV home sampling launched to increase HIV testing

PHE launches first nationally available HIV kit for testing those at higher-risk as new figures show 18,100 people unaware they have HIV.

Published
18 November 2015
From
Public Health England
Better Organized HIV Care Could Save Lives and Billions of Dollars, Computer Model Predicts

In a report on their HIV epidemic-economic model, published online in October by the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the researchers say that efforts to encourage people with HIV to follow up regularly with their provider and maintain long-term drug therapy may be more fruitful in preventing HIV transmission than efforts to increase HIV testing alone.

Published
28 October 2015
From
Johns Hopkins Medicine
HIV new diagnoses, treatment and care in the UK: 2015 report

HIV specialist treatment and care in the UK remains excellent. Of all people attending for care in 2014, 91% were on ART, of whom 95% were virally suppressed and very unlikely to be infectious to others.

Published
20 October 2015
From
Public Health England
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