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  • Uganda: Still long delays in diagnosing TB and HIV

    It still takes a long time for TB and HIV patients in Uganda to be properly diagnosed. As a result, many patients are infectious without knowing it themselves. These diagnostic delays, and also adherence to therapy, can be explained by a combination of social and health care related factors, such as a lack of awareness about the diseases, the sex of a patient and socioeconomic status.

    03 June 2013 | Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Japan: Number of home HIV tests sent for analysis via mail hits record 66000

    HIV tests sent by mail for paid analysis hit a record high in 2011, with the number roughly half that of tests conducted free of charge at designated facilities nationwide, a research team of the health ministry said Monday.

    03 January 2013 | The Japan Times
  • South Africa: Gauteng Warns Counsellors to Return to Work

    The Gauteng Health Department has warned protesting HIV counsellors and home-based care-givers that there will be consequences if they don't return to work immediately. But it also admits it might not be able to pay them on time if they do.

    29 June 2012 | AllAfrica
  • UAE - Are clinics hiding HIV test results?

    Some private clinics and labs in Dubai are concealing HIV positive cases from the authorities. This is in violation of federal laws that call for immediate notification and deportation of the infected expatriates...

    18 April 2012 | Khaleej Times
  • Haiti - AHF opens Haiti Clinic, Tests 356 in One Day

    AIDS Healthcare Foundation opened an AHF Healthcare Center in Croix des Missions, Ouest in Haiti last week. Opening day, March 29th, was a huge success with more than 500 people lining up by 4:00 am to get tested during the free HIV testing event.

    04 April 2012 | AHF
  • Kenya: Shortage of HIV Test Kits Raises Concerns

    Voluntary counselling and testing centres around Kenya are turning people away due to a shortage of HIV testing kits after the recall in December of more than one million faulty HIV tests.

    27 January 2012 | IRIN Plus News
  • Uganda: Do Not Coerce Housemaids Into HIV Testing

    EMPLOYEES of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) have been advised not to coerce their housemaids into testing for HIV/AIDS, as the practice is only voluntary.

    02 December 2011 | AllAfrica
  • South Africa: HIV+ SA Journalist's Deportation From Qatar Enrages Rights Group

    On Wednesday, human rights watchdog Section 27 fingered Al Jazeera English and the State of Qatar for infringing on the human rights of people living with HIV. A South African journalist is reported to have been detained in a Doha prison, dismissed from his position at Al Jazeera and deported from Qatar - all because an HIV test taken without his consent returned a positive result.

    01 December 2011 | AllAfrica
  • Uganda: 'HIV Testing Under Threat in Eastern Region'

    Discordance among HIV/Aids couples in the eastern region has shot to 67 per cent, which is likely to threaten voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) work, a new research study has shown. The study known as the Partners PrEP was coordinated by

    17 August 2011 | HIV/AIDS feed
  • HIV tests for earthquake survivors

    Christchurch gay and bisexual men have been offered free sexual health tests to prevent men having unsafe “post disaster sex” which could lead to a rise in HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

    09 August 2011 | Star Online
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