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  • We can eliminate HIV by 2030. Regular testing is a crucial part of the solution

    The big announcement out of the Aids conference in Vancouver last month was that early treatment of HIV is better than delayed treatment, with half the rate of death and complications. When I was discussing it with a patient shortly after, he was surprised that this counted as news. My patient’s surprise was understandable. Current guidelines recommend early treatment, even though we didn’t have the proof. Now we have it, and this long-awaited evidence tells us more than how to treat individual patients, like the ones I work with as an HIV specialist. It tells us it’s time to talk about eliminating the virus altogether. We can do this by making annual HIV testing a standard practice.

    10 August 2015 | The Guardian
  • Riding On Miamis HIV-Testing Party Van

    With drag queen recruiters and a Britney Spears soundtrack, Miami’s HIV-testing van is doing serious work for the city’s at-risk communities.

    10 August 2015 | Daily Beast
  • HIVTestUK pilot project launches in Birmingham

    The HIV awareness-raising charity Saving Lives, Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service and the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Pathology laboratories, have come together to launch HIVTestUK. This brand new service offers users direct access to NHS quality self-testing HIV kits, expert analysis and a unique aftercare service.

    04 August 2015 | Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service
  • NHS hospital to carry out 'automatic' tests for HIV when you get a blood test

    A&E patients at a London hospital will automatically get tested for HIV when they have blood tests – in a bid to help diagnose people who are unaware of their status. St Thomas’ Hospital will become the first in the UK to take the proactive new approach – which means that standard practice will be to test emergency patients for HIV, as part of routine blood tests.

    21 July 2015 | Pink News
  • Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services

    The Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services bring together existing guidance relevant to the provision of HIV testing services (HTS) and addresses issues and elements for effective delivery of HTS that are common in a variety of settings, contexts and diverse populations.

    19 July 2015 | World Health Organization
  • Scientists have the tools to end the HIV epidemic; they just need better ways to use them

    In the past, there was a sense that stopping the HIV/AIDS epidemic would require some radically new biomedical intervention, such as a cure or a vaccine. The growing consensus, however, is that the tools needed to stamp out HIV already exist if they could just be used in the right way.

    08 July 2015 | Nature
  • More than 1 in 8 Americans with HIV unaware

    Roughly 87 percent of people in the United States who have HIV have been diagnosed, close to the goal of 90 percent by 2015 set by President Barack Obama as part of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010.

    26 June 2015 | UPI.com
  • Just Five States Have HIV Diagnosis Rates Over 90 Percent

    The CDC has released estimates of the rate of people living with HIV who are aware of their serostatus, broken down by state.

    26 June 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • Toward Comprehensive HIV Prevention Service Delivery in the United States: An Action Plan

    This action plan, based primarily on the proceedings of the two consultations, seeks to define a communityfocused national strategy for integrating historically separate HIV prevention interventions and services— many with established positive effects on individual health outcomes—into needs-driven components of population-based care and support programs.

    25 June 2015 | Treatment Action Group
  • HIV testing to become routine in innovative Coventry GP pilot

    HIV testing in Coventry (UK) is to become a routine part of registering with a GP at ten surgeries across the city, which has the highest prevalence of the condition in the West Midlands.

    17 June 2015 | Medical Xpress
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