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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  • Finding out

    The day was 9th of November, 2009; I was having my college lesson on the concepts of computer script languages – what a day it...

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  • The bus of doom

    I've recently read the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (which, if you haven't already read, I highly recommend). In this theological novel disguised...

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  • Seroconversion

    I was given my diagnosis over the telephone after spending four days in hospital with meningitis. I now realise it wasn’t meningitis, it was an...

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  • HIV and drug resistance

    A recent study found more resistance to the antiretroviral medicine tenofovir than had previously been reported, with 20% resistance to tenofovir in patients with treatment failure in Europe and over 50% resistance in patients with treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa... The study underlines the importance of rapidly identifying treatment failure through routine measurement of viral load suppression—this is the basis of the third pillar of UNAIDS’ 90–90–90 treatment target, that 90% of people accessing HIV treatment have suppressed viral loads.

    09 February 2016 | UNAIDS
  • Undetectable & Low-level HIV Viral Replication

    Even people who are adherent to their medication regimens may experience occasional “blips” in their viral loads, experience viral rebound or maintain a steady, if low, viral load above undetectable levels. To understand why some people struggle to achieve or remain undetectable, we spoke with Keith Henry, MD, an HIV specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center who has more than 25 years of experience caring for people with HIV.

    06 January 2016 | BETA blog
  • Couples HIV testing during antenatal care: a good idea?

    Most antenatal clinics in Uganda request that pregnant women attend with their husbands, to try and persuade both to have HIV counselling and testing. Although it’s good to encourage men to be responsible partners, and pregnancy should not be viewed as a woman’s affair alone, Uganda’s policy provokes some important questions that need answering. Does the current healthcare approach allow women an opportunity to exercise their right in decision making on whether they should take a test or not? Is the woman’s consent sought about whether she is comfortable with being tested with her partner?

    14 December 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • Home-sampling can help tackle increasing rates of HIV infection

    In order to realise the full benefits of testing for HIV, we need to improve access to testing outside of traditional clinics, reaching out to those who may not usually engage with their local sexual health service.

    25 November 2015 | Public Health England
  • Hospitals overlook every other person with HIV

    A new study reveals that many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection. If tests were more widely used in healthcare, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, especially in Northern Europe.

    24 November 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Churches effective locations for increasing HIV testing and treatment among pregnant women

    Churches and other faith-based centres could be prime venues for offering HIV testing to pregnant women and linking those who test positive with antiretroviral treatment (ART), according to new research from Nigeria published in The Lancet Global Health.

    14 October 2015 | Medical News Today
  • 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
  • DIY HIV tests go on sale in France

    Do-it-yourself HIV tests went on sale in France for the first time on Tuesday as part of the government's plan to reduce the incidence of HIV in the country. French company AAZ's Autotest VIH kits will be available in pharmacies for 25 euros.

    16 September 2015 | RFI
  • Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over their Condition

    Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to manage their infection, prevent transmission to their new baby and enter a long-term pattern of maintenance of HIV care after giving birth—but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance. That is the major message from a pair of new studies in Philadelphia, one published early online this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and the other published in July in PLOS ONE.

    26 August 2015 | Drexel Now
  • HIV Self-Testing Raises Testing Rate in Randomized Trial of Seattle MSM

    Men randomized to HIV self-testing reported significantly more HIV tests through 15 months than men randomized to standard testing in a trial enrolling Seattle men who have sex with men (MSM). Self-testers also acquired fewer sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during this 230-man study.

    27 July 2015 | NATAP
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