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  • 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
  • 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
  • New York City Gets Its HIV Act Together

    High proportions of New York City residents with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are being diagnosed, receiving care, and seeing their serum viral load plummet to undetectable levels, city health officials reported here.

    02 March 2015 | MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
  • Study: Door-to-door campaign linked hepatitis C patients to care

    Working on the streets in medically underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods, members of the Do One Thing program have been able to identify residents chronically infected with hepatitis C and help them overcome the hurdles that prevent people from being cured, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

    16 February 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • 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
  • New York City's public health 'warrior' revamps HIV messaging

    Beneath Grand Central Station, the doors of a downtown 6 train open to reveal one of the New York City Department of Health's newest public service announcements: A simple poster with two young men embracing tenderly urges riders to take an HIV test. The execution of this particular campaign is novel, a departure from the city’s past HIV displays. Previously, ominous and dramatic messaging reigned, akin to the lurid anti-smoking campaigns.

    04 January 2015 | Al-Jazeera America
  • Different community HIV testing and counselling approaches reach different populations in rural Africa

    Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided, depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

    17 December 2014 | Medical News Today
  • 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
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