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  • GPs are a 'potential barrier' to widespread HIV testing, experts say

    A study of GP attitudes found that just 14% of GPs felt that HIV testing should be routinely offered to everyone aged 18-44 years.

    01 April 2014 | Practice Business
  • New report: key questions and good practice on instant result self-testing for HIV

    The report from HIV Scotland gives detail on self-testing and recommendations on how the NHS, Scottish Government and third sector organisations can navigate the opportunities and challenges this new development will bring.

    31 March 2014 | HIV Scotland
  • Ed Miliband: Coalition must take responsibility for lack of HIV testing by GPs

    The Labour leader told PinkNews.co.uk in an exclusive interview that he was alarmed by reports of healthcare professionals failing to offer HIV tests to groups most at risk of carrying the virus. “The Government has a responsibility to work with GPs and health centres to make sure, not only are they aware of their responsibilities, but also to encourage them to provide testing” he said.

    20 March 2014 | Pink News
  • Review: Dean Street Express

    I would like to tell you about my experience with a new clinic I visited today. Dean Street Express is a new sexual health walk in clinic which offers fast, free and confidential STI/HIV screening 6 days a week without an appointment. In a nutshell I had an amazing experience with them: friendly staff, brand new equipment and technologies I’ve never seen before, very quick service.

    14 March 2014 | My Gay London
  • MedMira Receives Approval To Market Reveal® Rapid HIV Test With New Features in Europe

    MedMira Inc. (TSXV: MIR) has received approval to market an enriched version of its Reveal HIV test that simplifies the test procedure, enabling direct use of whole blood specimens – making the test even more convenient for point-of-care test users, especially in emergency situations when every second counts.

    13 March 2014 | MedMira press release
  • Freeing babies from being born with HIV

    The proportion of HIV-positive diagnosed women passing (transmitting) their infection to their babies in the UK is now at its lowest ever level, having dropped four-fold in 10 years. At the heart of this success story sits a world-leading screening programme.

    11 March 2014 | Public Health England
  • Is the UK prepared for HIV home testing kits?

    In a little over four weeks, it will be legal to pop into the supermarket, buy an HIV home testing kit and within 20 minutes of using it at home, get a result.

    10 March 2014 | Herald Scotland
  • US: More MSM Get Tested for HIV, and More of Them Take Meds

    Among gay and bisexual men, there has been a rise in the rate of those testing for HIV as well as in the rate of those with HIV who are on therapy.

    05 March 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • Roche announces launch of the Dual Target HIV-1 Qualitative Test in markets accepting the CE mark

    The new test will help increase access for early infant HIV diagnosis and makes sample collection and transportation easy, including in rural areas.

    18 February 2014 | PR Newswire (press release)
  • Dean Street Express launched

    The team from NHS sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street are launching a new service which allows gay men to walk in for a routine sexual health check up and get all their results within six hours. Users are given a self-test kit to take their own swab tests for gonorrhoea and chlamydia in a private screening room. They then see a nurse for blood and 60-second HIV testing.

    12 February 2014 | Out in the City
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