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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  • Alere HIV Combo Test Receives WHO Prequalification

    Alere, a global leader in rapid diagnostics, today announced that its Alere HIV Combo, a rapid point-of-care fourth-generation test that detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and the HIV-1 p24 antigen, has been awarded World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification, making it available for public sector procurement in resource-limited countries.

    17 July 2016 | Alere press release
  • 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
  • Challenges Loom for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

    POC is likely to grow in emerging markets, where limited resources and local conditions make traditional lab-based testing less practical.

    13 July 2016 | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
  • China making HIV self-test kits more accessible to plug gap in testing of at-risk groups

    China is now aiming to make HIV self-test kits widely available to the internet-savvy generation. Its Centre for Aids/STD Control and Prevention (NCAids) said it would make the kits widely accessible through online outlets and pharmacies, which could “reach out to those under the radar, helping to link them to care”.

    27 June 2016 | South China Morning Post
  • 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
  • UK: More gay men than ever getting tested for HIV -- but 1 in 4 still never had a test

    More gay and bisexual men than ever are getting tested for HIV, according to new data from the National Gay Men's Sex Survey. The survey is the largest of its kind in the UK and sheds light on the sexual health of men who have sex with men.

    21 June 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Dying from a treatable disease: HIV and the men we neglect

    The international community has done a great deal to keep women and their children alive through the AIDS epidemic. It should not continue to overlook their husbands and fathers. Dedicated male-friendly HIV services are needed.

    23 February 2016 | The Conversation
  • Study compares tests to detect acute HIV infection

    In a study appearing in the Feb. 16 issue of JAMA, Philip J. Peters, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues evaluated the performance of an HIV antigen/antibody (Ag/Ab) combination assay to detect acute HIV infection (early infection) compared with pooled HIV RNA testing, the reference standard.

    22 February 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • 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
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