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  • HIV Education That Aims to Empower, Not Shame

    “We needed a coordinated media strategy and it needed really to focus less on fear-based messaging and more on empowering people,” said John Sapero, office chief for H.I.V. prevention for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

    28 December 2015 | New York Times
  • South Africa fails to put sexual health policy into practice

    In South Africa, 15% of young women and 5% of young men aged 15 to 24 are HIV positive and 50% of new HIV infections are detected in people under 29.Vuyiseka Dubula, general secretary of Treatment Action Campaign, blames poor access to contraception and HIV testing. She says sex education has been greatly improved in recent years, but schools must go further by making condoms and health advice available on site.

    19 December 2015 | The Guardian
  • Largest HIV self-testing project launches in Africa

    At the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), the Self-Testing Africa (STAR) project announced the launch of the largest HIV self-testing project ever seen in Africa. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part, and in the first year alone, nearly 750,000 self-testing kits will be distributed. Over four years, an estimated 2.7 million kits will be made available to the people that need it.

    03 December 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection: what’s new

    The 2015 guidelines includes 10 new recommendations to improve the quality and efficiency of services to people living with HIV. Implementation of the recommendations in these guidelines on universal eligibility for ART will mean that more people will start ART earlier.

    01 December 2015 | World Health Organization
  • Home-sampling can help tackle increasing rates of HIV infection

    In order to realise the full benefits of testing for HIV, we need to improve access to testing outside of traditional clinics, reaching out to those who may not usually engage with their local sexual health service.

    25 November 2015 | Public Health England
  • Dating apps join National HIV Testing Week

    Grindr, Hornet, and PlanetRomeo are offering free advertising space for the European Test Finder, a website that helps men across the continent find a safe and convenient place to test for the virus.

    24 November 2015 | Gay Times
  • Hospitals overlook every other person with HIV

    A new study reveals that many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection. If tests were more widely used in healthcare, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, especially in Northern Europe.

    24 November 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Free HIV home sampling launched to increase HIV testing

    PHE launches first nationally available HIV kit for testing those at higher-risk as new figures show 18,100 people unaware they have HIV.

    18 November 2015 | Public Health England
  • Better Organized HIV Care Could Save Lives and Billions of Dollars, Computer Model Predicts

    In a report on their HIV epidemic-economic model, published online in October by the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the researchers say that efforts to encourage people with HIV to follow up regularly with their provider and maintain long-term drug therapy may be more fruitful in preventing HIV transmission than efforts to increase HIV testing alone.

    28 October 2015 | Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • HIV new diagnoses, treatment and care in the UK: 2015 report

    HIV specialist treatment and care in the UK remains excellent. Of all people attending for care in 2014, 91% were on ART, of whom 95% were virally suppressed and very unlikely to be infectious to others.

    20 October 2015 | Public Health England
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