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  • Making a difference in your organisation: Why workplace HIV testing makes sense

    In November 2015 I proudly launched the UK’s largest workplace testing event at Transport for London (TfL).Bringing the testing to people de-stigmatised getting tested, a work environment was actually preferable to a medical one as strange as that might seem.

    25 August 2016 | Martyn Loukes
  • Experts call for urgent HIV testing scale-up to reach global goals

    With only 51 percent of people aware of their status, experts acknowledge that innovations such as point-of-care testing — also known as rapid HIV testing which enables people to be tested and know their status in the same visit — and self-testing, must be scaled-up.

    02 August 2016 | Devex
  • Prince Harry's HIV test inspired a 500% increase in people checking their status, says charity

    The Terrence Higgins Trust described the effect of the prince’s social media appeal as a “groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV ”. The charity was running a pilot scheme offering people the chance to find out their status by sending off for a 15-minute HIV self-testing kit when Harry sat down for his test on Thursday July 14.

    27 July 2016 | Daily Mirror
  • AVAC Report 2016: Big Data Real People

    This year’s AVAC Report takes on one of the most urgent issues facing biomedical HIV prevention today: gaps in the type and quality of data collected on prevention for HIV-negative people. Globally, the number of new HIV infections is not declining. In the places where gains have been made, continued progress is not guaranteed. Fixing core problems with how prevention data are collected and reported is key to slowing the rate of new cases of HIV.

    15 July 2016 | AVAC
  • Almost 5 million workers reached under ILO’s VCT@WORK initiative and 3 million tested for HIV

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has announced that the initial phase of its VCT@WORK initiative has reached close to 5 million workers with face-to-face education on the benefits of HIV testing. During the outreach, which took place between July 2013 and December 2015, almost 3 million workers were tested for HIV, and more than 85 000 people who tested positive for HIV were referred to services for treatment.

    15 July 2016 | UNAIDS
  • Prince Harry takes HIV test live on camera

    Royal was filmed getting checkup at Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospital to encourage others and remove stigma of tests.

    14 July 2016 | The Guardian
  • Free home HIV tests offered to gay men and black Africans in ‘groundbreaking’ pilot scheme

    The UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity has linked up with BioSure to launch a ‘groundbreaking’ pilot today, releasing 4,500 free HIV tests which are available to people at high risk of HIV, including men who have sex with men, and black Africans. Like a home pregnancy test, you do the test yourself and see the result within a few minutes.

    27 June 2016 | Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Do It London summer HIV testing campaign launches

    London boroughs are launching a new phase of their pioneering Do it London campaign to raise awareness of the importance of getting tested for HIV.

    21 June 2016 | London Councils
  • Hospital will 'automatically' test emergency patients for HIV under Elton John partnership

    Under a new scheme at King's College Hospital, every patient over the age of 16 who is having their blood tested will be tested for HIV at the same time, unless they choose to opt out.

    26 May 2016 | PinkNews
  • DIY sampling kits accessed through gay men's social media unearth new HIV cases

    Offering DIY sampling kits for HIV using online dating apps and social media targeting gay men, successfully unearths previously undiagnosed cases of the infection, reveals an evaluation of the first large-scale dedicated service in the UK, published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

    25 May 2016 | EurekAlert!
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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