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  • 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
  • UK: Latest evidence on sexual health screening published

    New resources outlining the latest evidence on sexual health screening have been released by Public Health England (PHE). The package reveals the latest evidence on the impact and economics of opportunistic chlamydia screening, and HIV screening and testing.

    25 April 2014 | Nursing in Practice
  • 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
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