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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  • Acute HIV Often Has Symptoms, But Testing Is Best Diagnostic

    Various symptoms such as vomiting and swollen lymph nodes are linked to early HIV infection, but they are not a foolproof sign, so frequent testing is ideal for those at risk. 

    05 August 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • US: Annual HIV diagnosis rates have 'decreased by more than 30%'

    From 2002-2011, the annual HIV diagnosis rate decreased by more than 30%, according to CDC data. However, rising rates of HIV are detected in some groups, particularly young men.

    04 August 2014 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • HIV Prevention in Clinical Care Settings - 2014 Recommendations of the International Antiviral Society–USA Panel

    In an innovative approach to HIV prevention, an interdisciplinary group of experts has come together for the first time to lay out a framework of best practices to optimize the role of the clinician in achieving an AIDS-free generation.

    19 July 2014 | Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Physicians struggle to clinically diagnose early HIV infection

    Most physicians are unable to use clinical skills to differentiate those who should and should not be tested for HIV infection, highlighting the importance of routine HIV testing, according to a study published July 15 in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

    16 July 2014 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Australia: HIV home-tests ban lifted but patience required for an accurate result

    People needed to be aware it could take up to three months from when first becoming infected until the home oral-swab tests could detect the infection. Those who believed they could have been infected within the past three months should see their doctor for one of the other kinds of HIV tests available instead.

    09 July 2014 | The Guardian
  • Cuomo Plan Seeks to End New York’s AIDS Epidemic

    Borrowing an idea from leading AIDS researchers, the Cuomo administration said on Friday that it had developed a plan to aggressively identify, track and treat people with H.I.V. infection with the aim of reducing new infection to the point that by 2020, AIDS would no longer reach epidemic levels in New York State.

    30 June 2014 | New York Times
  • CDC Revises HIV Testing Guidelines to Better ID Early Cases

    The CDC has recommended a new HIV testing protocol for laboratories that will better identify acute cases of the virus.

    27 June 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • People with HIV must receive earlier diagnoses

    Local authorities are responsible for HIV testing in community and sexual health services, and to help them with this role, NICE has produced a local government public health briefing on the topic.

    25 June 2014 | NICE
  • During ER visits, many patients test positive for HIV while in most infectious stage

    Of 22,468 patients who were tested for HIV, 78 (0.28 percent) had new HIV diagnoses. Of those, 23 percent had acute HIV infections and 28 percent had a T-cell count below 200 or an opportunistic infection (in other words, had AIDS). Eight-two percent of patients with confirmed HIV did not have health insurance.

    25 June 2014 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • Children battle to access HIV testing in Zimbabwe

    Young people with HIV are increasingly dying at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups. They are also less likely to get tested for the virus, as concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children, according to a recent study.

    10 June 2014 | IRIN Plus News
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