Tests are used to diagnose HIV (to show whether someone has HIV or not) and other tests, including CD4 count and viral load, are used to assess the health of someone who is HIV-positive.

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  • Northern Ireland Health Minister announces consultation on HIV self-testing kits

    Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has announced a consultation on removing the ban on HIV self-testing kits in the province. The ban was lifted in England, Wales and Scotland in April this year.

    02 October 2014 | Pink News
  • Late diagnosis of HIV blamed on Coalition's health reforms

    Health experts are reporting disturbing increases in the number of people being diagnosed late with the HIV virus in England. They warn that healthcare reforms, which, they say, have "fragmented" a previously "seamless sexual health service", may be a major reason for the delays, and have called for an investigation.

    29 September 2014 | The Independent
  • 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
  • Acute HIV Often Has Symptoms, But Testing Is Best Diagnostic

    Various symptoms such as vomiting and swollen lymph nodes are linked to early HIV infection, but they are not a foolproof sign, so frequent testing is ideal for those at risk. 

    05 August 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • Australia: HIV home-tests ban lifted but patience required for an accurate result

    People needed to be aware it could take up to three months from when first becoming infected until the home oral-swab tests could detect the infection. Those who believed they could have been infected within the past three months should see their doctor for one of the other kinds of HIV tests available instead.

    09 July 2014 | The Guardian
  • 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
  • CDC Revises HIV Testing Guidelines to Better ID Early Cases

    The CDC has recommended a new HIV testing protocol for laboratories that will better identify acute cases of the virus.

    27 June 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • 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
  • Viral Load Testing Dismally Absent in Africa

    As Africa scales up lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive people, concerns are rife that the absence of mass routine viral load testing will hamper extending treatment to the millions who need it.

    20 May 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • UK: Latest evidence on sexual health screening published

    New resources outlining the latest evidence on sexual health screening have been released by Public Health England (PHE). The package reveals the latest evidence on the impact and economics of opportunistic chlamydia screening, and HIV screening and testing.

    25 April 2014 | Nursing in Practice
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