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  • Australia: Men not testing regularly enough for HIV

    The number of men who have sex with men testing for HIV may be rising, but those who should be testing more often are not doing so.

    06 May 2015 | Gay News Network
  • Screening for HIV in GP surgeries leads to increased and earlier diagnosis

    Training general practices to offer rapid HIV tests leads to increased detection and earlier diagnosis of patients with HIV infection – according to a new study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and published in The Lancet HIV.

    29 April 2015 | Queen Mary press release
  • Why I Wish I'd Received My HIV Diagnosis At Home

    I received my HIV diagnosis nearly four years ago, on 4th August 2011, through an NHS clinic. The experience was horrific and, given the choice now, I think I'd have preferred home-testing.

    29 April 2015 | Vice
  • Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk. Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged.

    15 April 2015 | AIDS.gov
  • Policy of Mandatory HIV Testing of Sex Workers Repealed in Greece

    According to a report at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on the 2nd of April, repealed the health regulation used to justify roundups and forced HIV testing of people alleged to be sex workers.

    15 April 2015 | Global Network of Sex Work Projects
  • Self-testing for HIV in low-income, high-incidence countries could save money, could improve outcomes . . . but it’s complicated, analysis finds

    Introducing self-testing in a country like Zimbabwe, where HIV incidence is high, resources to confront HIV are limited, and only about half the people who live with HIV know they have the virus, could save about $75 million over the next 20 years, with some health benefits, besides. That would make the self-testing more cost-effective than the current situation.

    10 April 2015 | Science Speaks
  • Czech human rights advocates up in arms over proposal to make HIV testing compulsory for high-risk groups

    The Czech Health Ministry is pushing a proposed amendment to the law on public health which would make HIV testing compulsory for some people in high risk groups. While the ministry argues that this is to curb the spread of the disease and ensure early treatment, human rights advocates say it would mean a serious breach of human rights.

    09 April 2015 | Radio Prague
  • An alternative service design for sexual health

    We’ve just launched SH:24, a new 24/7 sexual health service that offers free self-testing and rapid results by text message to people in Lambeth and Southwark. Our boroughs have some of the highest rates of acute STIs nationwide and large populations of risk groups, including young people and black and minority communities.

    07 April 2015 | Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity
  • 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
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