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  • 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
  • ‘Test’ Review: Dance Drama Ponders Survival in the Early Days of AIDS

    This lovely and contemplative film examines the impact of the then-new HIV test on dancers in San Francisco in the mid-1980s.

    06 June 2014 | The Wrap
  • Review: Dean Street Express

    I would like to tell you about my experience with a new clinic I visited today. Dean Street Express is a new sexual health walk in clinic which offers fast, free and confidential STI/HIV screening 6 days a week without an appointment. In a nutshell I had an amazing experience with them: friendly staff, brand new equipment and technologies I’ve never seen before, very quick service.

    14 March 2014 | My Gay London
  • Pre-test HIV risk reduction counselling is not worth the money

    A large US randomized control trial of the impact on STI risk of HIV risk reduction counselling in conjunction with the HIV test challenges the view that pre-test counselling constitutes an efficient use of limited resources – at least in the US setting.

    02 January 2014 | BMJ
  • My Diagnosis

    What's it like to be newly diagnosed today? Guest writer Scotspozlad found out he was HIV-positive in October 2013. Here he tells what happened and how he felt about it.

    04 November 2013 | Positive Lite
  • To Prevent HIV Infection, Couples Try Testing Together

    Getting tested for HIV in the U.S. is almost always private, sometimes even secretive. Ditto for disclosing the results. But some say the approach is outmoded at a time when many at risk for HIV — gay men — are in committed relationships.

    21 October 2013 | NPR (blog)
  • Australia: Offenders face forced blood tests to protect police

    ANY offender whose blood or saliva comes into contact with a police officer will be compelled to undergo a mandatory blood test, under new laws to be introduced by the State Government.

    16 October 2013 | news.com.au
  • 1 In 10 Gays On Grindr Have Never Been Tested For HIV, Claim They’re Negative Anyway

    A recently published study by Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) found that 10% of men on Grindr have never gotten tested for HIV, though nearly a third of them still claim they’re negative.

    30 September 2013 | Queerty
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