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  • Sexual health charity launches webtool to increase HIV testing in primary care

    With a quarter of the estimated 108,000 people living with HIV in the UK still going undiagnosed, MEDFASH has developed HIV Testing in Practice (HIV TIPs), an online educational tool, to help increase rates of HIV diagnosis in primary care. Launched in National HIV Testing Week, the interactive webtool will enable GPs, practice nurses and their teams to raise their knowledge of HIV and enhance their confidence in offering HIV testing.

    25 November 2014 | MEDFASH press release
  • Terrence Higgins Trust relaunches postal HIV testing service for gay and bisexual men

    HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is to mark National HIV Testing Week (22nd – 30th November) by relaunching its highly popular postal HIV testing service for gay and bisexual men.

    24 November 2014 | Terrence Higgins Trust press release
  • More straight people than gay people being diagnosed with HIV in Kent

    Straight people being diagnosed with HIV in Kent now outnumber gay people who are diagnosed, according to a new study. The research, carried out at Canterbury Christ Church University, found that the number of diagnoses among men who have sex with men is now lower than for straight people.

    11 November 2014 | Pink News
  • Study Finds Retention Problems Among South African Patients Receiving HIV Treatment

    Fewer than half of patients who tested HIV-positive at a Johannesburg, South Africa clinic returned to complete eligibility testing for antiretroviral therapy (ART), suggesting that “strategies to reduce attrition from all stages of care are urgently needed,” a new study led by a BU researcher finds.

    07 November 2014 | Boston University press release
  • HIV self-test maker to raise £150,000

    An Essex company which aims to be the first to bring a HIV self-test to the UK market is on track to raise £150,000 through a crowdfunding round.

    07 November 2014 | Insider Media
  • Analysis: Social Media Can Help Track, Prevent Spread of HIV

    Feel less bad about your slight Twitter addiction when you discuss the where, when, and how of HIV transmission. It turns out that doing so can encourage users to get tested, according to an article published in Trends in Microbiology.

    04 November 2014 | Medical Daily
  • Northern Ireland Health Minister announces consultation on HIV self-testing kits

    Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has announced a consultation on removing the ban on HIV self-testing kits in the province. The ban was lifted in England, Wales and Scotland in April this year.

    02 October 2014 | Pink News
  • 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
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