Guidance sets out when and how HIV testing should be carried out. Policy and guidelines are usually written for healthcare workers. Guidance may include best practice on practical issues of testing, as well as when to offer an HIV test.

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  • HIV testing: Home Sampling vs. Home Testing, a primer for users (and others)

    Home testing and home sampling are not one and the same and it is important for potential users  and their providers to understand the key differences between the two.

    07 April 2014 | Incidence 0
  • HIV Testing and Self-Testing: Answers to frequently asked questions

    This document provides important information for people thinking about buying a self-test kit for HIV, or having an HIV test. UK law changed in April 2014 and self-test kits for HIV can now be sold in England, Scotland and Wales. At the moment no self-test kits for HIV have been CE marked for the UK or EU market, but this is expected to change in 2014/15.

    06 April 2014 | Public Health England
  • UK law passes sales of HIV home tests before they exist

    Kits allowing people to test themselves for HIV at home can be bought over the counter in the UK for the first time - but no kits exist yet in Britain.

    06 April 2014 | BBC Health
  • NHS HIV testing in need of radical change, say experts

    The current system of HIV-testing on the NHS is failing patients and should be radically overhauled, according to new research presented at the joint British HIV Association (BHIVA) and British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) Conference in Liverpool (1-4 April 2014).

    02 April 2014 | British HIV Association
  • GPs are a 'potential barrier' to widespread HIV testing, experts say

    A study of GP attitudes found that just 14% of GPs felt that HIV testing should be routinely offered to everyone aged 18-44 years.

    01 April 2014 | Practice Business
  • New report: key questions and good practice on instant result self-testing for HIV

    The report from HIV Scotland gives detail on self-testing and recommendations on how the NHS, Scottish Government and third sector organisations can navigate the opportunities and challenges this new development will bring.

    31 March 2014 | HIV Scotland
  • Ed Miliband: Coalition must take responsibility for lack of HIV testing by GPs

    The Labour leader told in an exclusive interview that he was alarmed by reports of healthcare professionals failing to offer HIV tests to groups most at risk of carrying the virus. “The Government has a responsibility to work with GPs and health centres to make sure, not only are they aware of their responsibilities, but also to encourage them to provide testing” he said.

    20 March 2014 | Pink News
  • Freeing babies from being born with HIV

    The proportion of HIV-positive diagnosed women passing (transmitting) their infection to their babies in the UK is now at its lowest ever level, having dropped four-fold in 10 years. At the heart of this success story sits a world-leading screening programme.

    11 March 2014 | Public Health England
  • Is the UK prepared for HIV home testing kits?

    In a little over four weeks, it will be legal to pop into the supermarket, buy an HIV home testing kit and within 20 minutes of using it at home, get a result.

    10 March 2014 | Herald Scotland
  • US: More MSM Get Tested for HIV, and More of Them Take Meds

    Among gay and bisexual men, there has been a rise in the rate of those testing for HIV as well as in the rate of those with HIV who are on therapy.

    05 March 2014 | AIDSMeds
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