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  • Zambia offering antiretroviral therapy regardless of CD4 count

    Of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in Zambia, only 67% know their status.

    7 hours ago | UNAIDS
  • Zambian Health Minister - It’s not Mandatory HIV Testing

    Government appears to have backed down on its decision to introduce mandatory testing for HIV in Zambia. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya clarified that what Government will be implementing is routine testing for HIV as part of diagnostic screening to be initiated by the health care provider.

    8 hours ago | Lusaka Times
  • Zambian President announces compulsory HIV testing

    HIV Testing, Counselling and Treatment has been made compulsory in Zambia in all government-run health facilities, President Edgar Lungu today announced. He said the new policy measure is in response to the government’s HIV agenda of eradicating the virus by 2030.

    16 August 2017 | CGTN Africa
  • No change in CDC's HIV screening recommendation for MSM

    The CDC said it would not change its long-standing recommendation on how frequently to test men who have sex with men for HIV. The agency has recommended since 2006 that U.S. providers offer HIV screening to all sexually active MSM “at least annually".

    14 August 2017 | Healio
  • HIV tests for GPs' new patients could save lives and money, says study

    Researchers find fourfold increase in diagnosis rate when testing carried out as part of surgeries’ registration health check.

    31 July 2017 | The Guardian
  • A sex worker's view on South Africa's latest plans to beat HIV

    An open letter from a sex worker argues that the good intentions of South Africa's plan to end HIV infections will be undermined by the fact that sex work remains a criminal offence in South Africa. This means that sex workers remain vulnerable. They don’t have the right to protect themselves – for example from police violence and intimidation – or get the health care they need because they’re stigmatised by health workers.

    14 June 2017 | Times (South Africa)
  • Study: 1 in 3 Patients Starts HIV Treatment Late in 10 Countries

    A large team of international researchers has found 30 percent of HIV positive individuals in nearly a dozen countries delay starting life-saving drugs. A study spearheaded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the prevalence of HIV in Haiti, Vietnam, Nigeria, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

    09 June 2017 | Voice of America
  • HIV testing should be seen as routine practice, says NICE in new draft quality standard

    Millions of people could be offered HIV tests during routine appointments as outlined by NICE.

    27 March 2017 | NICE
  • Australia urged to fast-track approval of HIV self-testing devices

    The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations has urged the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to fast-track the national approval of HIV self-testing devices.

    07 February 2017 | Star Observer
  • DIY test for HIV comes to a pharmacy near you

    For R59.95 South Africans can now purchase an HIV testing kit from a local pharmacy and screen themselves for infection in the privacy of their homes – effectively by-passing the health system altogether.

    17 January 2017 | Health-e
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