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  • Simplified HIV Test and same-day treat program associated with better coverage and much lower mortality in China

    A 'Test and Treat' protocol for HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment, implemented in two Guangxi, China counties in 2012, was associated with increased engagement in HIV/AIDS care and a 62 percent reduction in mortality among participants, according to a new study. This before-and-after analysis suggests that broader implementation of the program may inexpensively improve outcomes for HIV-positive individuals in China.

    08 October 2015 | Science Daily
  • 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
  • Why I Wish I'd Received My HIV Diagnosis At Home

    I received my HIV diagnosis nearly four years ago, on 4th August 2011, through an NHS clinic. The experience was horrific and, given the choice now, I think I'd have preferred home-testing.

    29 April 2015 | Vice
  • 'This is what it's really like to live with HIV'

    The number of young men being diagnosed with HIV has doubled in ten years; the number of new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men has reached a record high, according to the most recent data. The virus is rarely out of the news, and yet, because of continuing developments in treatment, few of us understand what life with the condition is like now. Three young men, all diagnosed in their 20s, talk about living with the virus.

    10 April 2015 | Daily Telegraph
  • 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
  • HIV home-testing kit awaiting approval from Australia's drug regulator

    Researchers hope an oral HIV test will be approved by Australia’s drug regulator for home use, saying it would curb infection rates by diagnosing people earlier so they can take steps to prevent spreading the virus.

    10 March 2015 | The Guardian
  • South Africa: Should HIV Testing Become a Standard Medical Procedure?

    Knowing your status is the key to ending the Aids pandemic but still too few South Africans take the step to get tested for HIV. A report in the Mail & Guardian this week less than a third of the country's 35-million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually.

    03 December 2014 | AllAfrica.com
  • Terrence Higgins Trust relaunches postal HIV testing service for gay and bisexual men

    HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is to mark National HIV Testing Week (22nd – 30th November) by relaunching its highly popular postal HIV testing service for gay and bisexual men.

    24 November 2014 | Terrence Higgins Trust press release
  • Trust, Intimacy, and HIV Testing

    A recent study conducted by Stephenson and colleagues finds that partnered men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to get regular HIV tests than MSM who are single. Among a sample of 404 partnered HIV-negative men, less than half (49%) reported getting tested at least once a year, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partnered MSM are also much more likely than single MSM to engage in anal intercourse without condoms. And, estimates show that as many as three-quarters of HIV infections among MSM in the U.S. happen in the context of primary relationships.

    08 October 2014 | BETA blog
  • What is discouraging HIV testing among at-risk populations?

    In line with US National HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 27th, we look at the signs and symptoms of the virus and discuss why many people are discouraged from being tested for HIV.

    26 June 2014 | Medical News Today
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