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

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  • The bus of doom

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  • Seroconversion

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  • Dean Street Express: We want people without symptoms to order home-testing kits from now on

    London sexual health clinic, Dean Street Express, has confirmed that it has slashed the number of appointment slots it now offers. Instead, the Soho clinic wants people without symptoms to order STI home-testing kits.

    18 May 2018 | Gay Star News
  • WHO Issues First-Ever List Of Essential Diagnostic Tests

    The World Health Organization today published its first Essential Diagnostics List, which identifies the most-needed tests for conditions and diseases.

    18 May 2018 | Intellectual Property Watch
  • National HIV self-sampling service: 2 year service report

    The service aims in particular to increase HIV testing among the most at-risk groups, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and black African communities, as well as other individuals at increased risk of HIV. This report summarises who is using the service, the proportions of people testing positive and the costs of the service.

    04 April 2018 | Public Health England
  • 'We need to talk about syphilis'

    With syphilis in the UK at its highest rate since 1944, one person recounts discovering he had it asmptomatically when he took a home test. He also tested positive for HIV: "You've got loads of support for HIV, loads of conversations about it. With syphilis, it's not discussed at all."

    03 April 2018 | BBC (Video)
  • Canada: Fear of Prosecution Over HIV Non-Disclosure Reduces HIV-Negative MSM Testing

    According to a recently published study, fear of prosecution over HIV non-disclosure was reported to reduce HIV testing willingness by a minority of HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM).

    03 April 2018 | MD Magazine
  • Grindr, Popular Gay Sex App, to Offer HIV Test Reminders

    Grindr, which claims to have 3.3 million daily users from every country in the world, will send men who opt into the service a reminder every three to six months, and simultaneously point them to the nearest testing site. It will also let clinics, gay community centers and other testing sites advertise for free.

    27 March 2018 | New York Times
  • Multi-disease testing offers new ways to streamline disease management, Unitaid report says

    Innovators are responding to the world’s growing co-infection crisis by developing devices that can quickly, accurately diagnose multiple diseases at a time. Unitaid’s new landscape report, launched today, profiles more than 95 such devices, already on the market or in development, all of which address at least one of Unitaid’s key disease areas—HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.

    02 February 2018 | Unitaid
  • Using social and risk networks helps identify people undiagnosed with HIV

    Conducting HIV testing among the social and risk networks of those recently diagnosed with HIV helps identify undiagnosed cases of HIV at significantly higher rates and at a lower cost than other testing approaches, finds a new study conducted in Ukraine by an international research team.

    22 January 2018 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • 1 in 2 people living with HIV in Europe is diagnosed late: ECDC and WHO urge improvement in testing practices

    The HIV epidemic continues to rise at an alarming pace in the European Region, mostly in its eastern part, which is home to almost 80% of the 160 000 new HIV diagnoses. Over half (51%) of the reported HIV diagnoses happen in a late stage of infection and the proportion diagnosed late increases with age.

    28 November 2017 | World Health Organization
  • Prince Harry Hands Out HIV Self-Testing Kits to End Stigma

    The royal visited the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) HIV testing center in Hackney, north London Wednesday to launch this year's National HIV Testing Week. During his visit he watched a live demonstration and met some the shop's volunteers.

    15 November 2017 | PEOPLE.com
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We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

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