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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  • 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
  • Health Matters: Your questions on increasing the uptake of HIV testing

    Questions from health professionals and answers from Public Health England.

    04 January 2017 | Public Health England
  • Every missed HIV diagnosis is a failure of care

    Response from Professor Chloe Orkin, chair of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), to an article discouraging GPs from offering HIV testing.

    24 December 2016 | Pulse
  • Millions should be offered routine HIV testing, NICE and Public Health England say on World Aids Day

    HIV testing should be offered in A&Es and GP practices depending on local HIV prevalence, says NICE in new guidance.

    02 December 2016 | NICE
  • Hospitals and GP practices fail to check for HIV

    An investigation by BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme found that 82% of hospitals in high-prevalence areas in England were not offering HIV tests in accordance with British HIV Association guidelines. And 70% of local authorities in high prevalence areas in England do not fund all GP surgeries to test patients.

    12 October 2016 | BBC
  • Cochrane says: Chlamydia screening may have very limited impact, but more research is needed

    There is a strong rationale for systematic Chlamydia screening, and it is widely recommended and practised. Yet there are harms associated with the screening process, and, of course, serious concerns about its cost-effectiveness. This lends urgency to the question of whether Chlamydia screening works – addressed in a recently published systematic review for the Cochrane Database.

    04 October 2016 | BMJ Group blogs
  • Kenyan churches demand HIV test for couples wanting to marry

    Some Kenyan churches are demanding premarital HIV testing before weddings, a trend activists warn is infringing on the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS.

    03 October 2016 | The Catholic Register
  • Dodgy kits give dodgy results

    We are reminding people to be careful when ordering STI test kits or HIV self-test kits online and to always make sure medical devices used for sexual health has a CE mark and is bought from a legitimate online retailer.

    19 September 2016 | Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agenc
  • Emergency department’s routine HIV testing has helped identify dozens living undiagnosed

    A London hospital that introduced routine HIV screening for emergency patients has helped diagnose dozens of people who were unaware they were living with HIV.

    15 September 2016 | Pink News
  • AVAC Report 2016: Big Data Real People

    This year’s AVAC Report takes on one of the most urgent issues facing biomedical HIV prevention today: gaps in the type and quality of data collected on prevention for HIV-negative people. Globally, the number of new HIV infections is not declining. In the places where gains have been made, continued progress is not guaranteed. Fixing core problems with how prevention data are collected and reported is key to slowing the rate of new cases of HIV.

    15 July 2016 | AVAC
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