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Preparation meets opportunity: how 3ie’s stakeholder engagement paid off on HIV self-testing

Initially there was scepticism about the acceptability, usability and safety of self-testing in sub-Saharan Africa. 3ie funded formative research to assess whether self-testing could get more people to test in Kenya. Then, 3ie funded three pilots and their rapid impact evaluations to determine whether offering HIV self-tests to partners of pregnant and post-partum women, and to truck drivers, could get more of them to test for HIV.

Published
30 August 2017
From
Evidence Matters
MHRA seizes more than 100 unreliable HIV home-testing kits

MHRA are investigating a number of Hightop HIV/AIDS Home Test Kits that may be unreliable and may provide false results.

Published
22 August 2017
From
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
IAS 2017: UNITAID, partners boost HIV self-test access in six African countries

The UNITAID-led HIV Self-Testing Africa consortium will expand the reach of its project from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabswe to include South Africa Lesotho and Swaziland leaders of the effort announced here Monday.

Published
27 July 2017
From
Science Speaks
WHO prequalifies first generic hepatitis C medicine and first HIV self-test

WHO today prequalified the first generic version of sofosbuvir, a critical medicine for the treatment of hepatitis C. The development could expand access to treatment by increasing the number of quality-assured generic medicines on the market. Sofosbuvir, 400 mg tablet, is manufactured by Mylan Laboratories Ltd., India.

Published
22 July 2017
From
World Health Organization
New HIV self-testing kit study aims to increase diagnosis rates

A new study from UCL, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Public Health England seeks to discover whether providing free HIV self-tests to men, transgender men and transgender women who have sex with men could reduce the number of people who have undiagnosed HIV.

Published
05 July 2017
From
Medical Xpress
DIY HIV Prevention (#DIYHIVPx)

No. I do not want to test for HIV in the “comfort of my home.” There is a real danger that such form of testing becomes a one-size-fits-all tool and that we will repeat the errors of the past (that of condom-only prevention, or abstinence-only). Home testing/sampling should not become a replacement for testing in conventional and community settings and disinvestment in this form of testing is a mistake.

Published
19 June 2017
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Terrence Higgins Trust gives away thousands of HIV home testing kits

Seven volunteers for the charity have shared videos of themselves using the bioLytical INSTI HIV self test kit, which is said to be the world’s fastest.

Published
18 May 2017
From
PinkNews
Kenya launches self-test kits and PrEP

The Government of Kenya has reinforced its commitment to end AIDS by 2030 by launching two innovative technologies: self-testing for HIV and PrEP.

Published
05 May 2017
From
UNAIDS
DIY test for HIV comes to a pharmacy near you

For R59.95 South Africans can now purchase an HIV testing kit from a local pharmacy and screen themselves for infection in the privacy of their homes – effectively by-passing the health system altogether.

Published
17 January 2017
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Health-e
Health Matters: Your questions on increasing the uptake of HIV testing

Questions from health professionals and answers from Public Health England.

Published
04 January 2017
From
Public Health England

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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