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  • New “peer navigator” program encourages at-home HIV testing

    A new study using networks of friends as “peer navigators” will soon be launched in the East Bay to reach men who may be vulnerable to the AIDS virus. It’s part of an effort to make better use of confidential in-home HIV testing in order to reach at-risk populations in Oakland.

    15 September 2014 | Oakland North
  • HIV Trends in San Francisco and London: An AIDS 2014 Q&A

    At AIDS 2014 researchers presented findings from a comparison of HIV trends in two major cities: San Francisco and LondonStudy co-author Jen Hecht, MPH, director of program development and operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, spoke with BETA about the study findings, what they mean for HIV prevention efforts moving forward

    22 August 2014 | BETA blog
  • Gay Social Networking App Hornet Helps Users Find HIV Clinics

    Hornet will provide users with the ability to designate their HIV status, as a part of its “Know Your Status” campaign. Once a user designates the date of their last HIV test, the application will automatically remind them to get tested again after a designated amount of time.

    22 August 2014 | Towleroad
  • Bill Clinton, former US president, tells conference AIDS-free generation is in reach

    Mr Clinton said one of the biggest challenges the international community faces was the early detection of HIV.

    23 July 2014 | ABC News
  • Australia: Nearly a third of HIV patients are diagnosed too late, data shows

    About 30% of patients with HIV are diagnosed well after they should have begun treatment, according to the latest Australian data, suggesting early-testing initiatives have not worked.

    17 July 2014 | The Guardian
  • UNAIDS report shows that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus

    In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are on treatment—ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 will require smart scale-up to close the gap.

    16 July 2014 | UNAIDS
  • Africa: Could HIV Self-Testing Be a Game Changer in Africa?

    In Africa, where fewer than half the people know their HIV status, HIV self-testing is being explored as a way of encouraging more individuals, particularly in high risk groups, to know their status as a first step to seeking treatment, an AIDS charity said on Monday.

    16 July 2014 | AllAfrica
  • Australians get access to at-home HIV tests under strategy to cut infections by 2020

    The government strategy aims to reduce sexual transmission of HIV by 50 per cent by 2015 and “work towards achieving the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in Australia by 2020”. It wants to increase treatment uptake by people with HIV to 90 per cent with evidence showing that new treatments can help prevent the spread of the virus as well as treat it.

    07 July 2014 | Herald Sun
  • Cuomo Plan Seeks to End New York’s AIDS Epidemic

    Borrowing an idea from leading AIDS researchers, the Cuomo administration said on Friday that it had developed a plan to aggressively identify, track and treat people with H.I.V. infection with the aim of reducing new infection to the point that by 2020, AIDS would no longer reach epidemic levels in New York State.

    30 June 2014 | New York Times
  • 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
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