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  • Ethiopia breaks world record for mass HIV test

    The United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Ethiopia on Saturday announced that Ethiopia has now officially become world record holder for most people being tested for HIV. A total of 3,383 people voluntarily tested for HIV status in single venue in an eight-hour period.

    16 February 2015 | Sudan Tribune
  • HIV testing yields diagnoses in Kenya but few seek care

    A sweeping effort in a rural region of Kenya to test all adults for HIV discovered 1,300 new infections, but few of the newly diagnosed people pursued treatment, a study in the journal Lancet HIV reports. Three years after the home-based counseling and testing campaign only 15 percent of the newly diagnosed people had engaged in care for their infection.

    30 January 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • DIY HIV tests a hit with Scotland’s islanders

    ISLANDERS from some of Scotland’s most remote communities have been among the first to take advantage of the country’s free HIV home testing kits.

    19 January 2015 | The Scotsman
  • South Africa: Silent Suffering - Men and HIV (Video)

    Why are South African men reluctant to test for HIV, to start and stay on ART, and to join support groups? Is it that health services are not men-friendly? Is it an idea of masculinity that mandates men to be stoic, to hide pain as a weakness and not to talk about their feelings? What defines the relationship of men to health services and how can it be improved? In this video by Davison Mudzingwa, experts and activists like Thamela, analyze the factors that drive men’s gendered vulnerability to HIV in South Africa and suggest ways to reduce it.

    23 December 2014 | IPS
  • Malawi to Conduct Door-to-Door HIV Testing

    The announcement has raised fears in some Malawians, such as Steven Jailosi, a primary school teacher in rural Blantyre, who feel the campaign will likely infringe upon people’s privacy.

    16 December 2014 | Voice of America
  • AIDS Response Is Leaving African Men Behind

    Mention gender inequality in AIDS and the fact that  more women than men live with HIV pops up. But another, rarely spoken about gendered difference is proving lethal to men with HIV. Research reveals that, across Africa, men have lower rates of HIV testing, enrollment on antiretroviral treatment, adherence, viral load suppression and survival, than women.

    15 December 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • FDA OKs Wider Use of Rapid Test That Better Detects Early HIV

    The FDA has granted permission for more widespread use of a rapid test that can detect HIV earlier after infection than standard antibody tests. 

    12 December 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • Can the Adult Film Industry Lead the Way on HIV?

    When I propose that adult film performers can be looked at as an exemplar for safer sex and sexual health, I'm not being glib. While sex is never 100 percent safe, our protocols -- regular testing, discussions of sexual health without fear or shame, prevention methods that reflect real-life sexual behavior -- would be a vast improvement over what the general population uses now. Our industry has often been at the forefront of new technologies and new freedoms. Why not sexual health?

    08 December 2014 | Huffington Post
  • Reaching gay men: the next big test in HIV/Aids prevention in China

    The knowledge is there, and so is the treatment. Now the challenge is to reach more people who are at high risk of HIV/Aids to get tested.

    03 December 2014 | South China Morning Post
  • South Africa: Should HIV Testing Become a Standard Medical Procedure?

    Knowing your status is the key to ending the Aids pandemic but still too few South Africans take the step to get tested for HIV. A report in the Mail & Guardian this week less than a third of the country's 35-million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually.

    03 December 2014 | AllAfrica.com
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