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  • Late diagnosis of HIV blamed on Coalition's health reforms

    Health experts are reporting disturbing increases in the number of people being diagnosed late with the HIV virus in England. They warn that healthcare reforms, which, they say, have "fragmented" a previously "seamless sexual health service", may be a major reason for the delays, and have called for an investigation.

    29 September 2014 | The Independent
  • Gay and Bisexual Men See HIV as the Top Health Issue Facing Their Community, But Majorities Are Not Personally Worried About Getting Infected & Not Getting Tested Regularly

    More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds that though HIV/AIDS is named as the number one health issue facing their population, a majority (56%) are not personally concerned about becoming infected, and relatively few report having been tested recently.

    29 September 2014 | Kaiser Family Foundation press release
  • What to Do When a Patient Admits an H.I.V. Phobia

    She had been volunteering at a drop-in center for the homeless, helping to prepare dinner, when she felt a sting in the tip of the finger and looked down to see a red mark and a dot of blood. She could not find the object that had poked her, but she knew immediately what might have happened: She had seen a few used syringes lying around the place, and perhaps one had somehow gotten into the sink and perhaps she had stuck her finger with it, and perhaps it had just been used by an H.I.V.-infected addict, and perhaps right that minute, the virus was coursing through her own veins. So of course she went to the nearest emergency room. She knew that medication taken promptly could prevent H.I.V., and she wasn’t taking any chances.

    16 September 2014 | New York Times
  • New “peer navigator” program encourages at-home HIV testing

    A new study using networks of friends as “peer navigators” will soon be launched in the East Bay to reach men who may be vulnerable to the AIDS virus. It’s part of an effort to make better use of confidential in-home HIV testing in order to reach at-risk populations in Oakland.

    15 September 2014 | Oakland North
  • Young Zimbabweans miss out on HIV testing

    Young people with HIV are dying in increasing numbers in Zimbabwe at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups.

    05 September 2014 | IRIN Africa
  • Acute HIV Often Has Symptoms, But Testing Is Best Diagnostic

    Various symptoms such as vomiting and swollen lymph nodes are linked to early HIV infection, but they are not a foolproof sign, so frequent testing is ideal for those at risk. 

    05 August 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • Australia: HIV home-tests ban lifted but patience required for an accurate result

    People needed to be aware it could take up to three months from when first becoming infected until the home oral-swab tests could detect the infection. Those who believed they could have been infected within the past three months should see their doctor for one of the other kinds of HIV tests available instead.

    09 July 2014 | The Guardian
  • National HIV Testing Day 2014: HIV Testing Saves Lives

    Tomorrow is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day on which we join with partners from all walks of life to promote HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States, and remind every American that HIV testing saves lives.

    27 June 2014 | Aids.gov blog
  • CDC Revises HIV Testing Guidelines to Better ID Early Cases

    The CDC has recommended a new HIV testing protocol for laboratories that will better identify acute cases of the virus.

    27 June 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • What is discouraging HIV testing among at-risk populations?

    In line with US National HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 27th, we look at the signs and symptoms of the virus and discuss why many people are discouraged from being tested for HIV.

    26 June 2014 | Medical News Today
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