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  • Why almost no one in Nigeria is using HIV prevention drugs

    In Nigeria, more than 3 million people are living with HIV, but less than 400 people at the highest risk of infection are using PrEP, widely regarded as a key tool in the battle against the disease’s spread.

    08 November 2018 | Devex
  • Too Few Teens and Youth Adults Using Opioids Are Screened for Hepatitis C and HIV, New Study Finds

    Despite their increased risk, only one-third of adolescents and young adults with known opioid use disorder (OUD) were screened for hepatitis C, according to a study released at the IDWeek conference in San Francisco. Furthermore, of those screened for hepatitis C, only 11% were also screened for HIV.

    10 October 2018 | The Body PRO
  • How age and ethnicity impact HIV testing

    Researchers in California argue that interventions are urgently needed to reach older adults and Hispanics to address HIV testing and beliefs. Older adults, in particular women, did not see themselves at risk of HIV.

    06 August 2018 | Science Daily
  • At AIDS 2018, a strong push for HIV self-testing. But is everyone on board?

    HIV self-testing received an additional boost at the 22nd International AIDS Conference held last week in Amsterdam. Unitaid, one of its champions, announced two new projects promoting self-testing to a wider population in sub-Saharan Africa.

    03 August 2018 | Devex
  • Outcry in Uganda over compulsory HIV test

    Uganda wants to begin compulsory HIV/AIDS testing of students due to the rising number of new infections. The proposal has raised concerns over privacy.

    02 August 2018 | Deutsche Welle
  • Average Interval Between HIV Tests is 1.4 Years in High-Risk Patients

    Although a recent report indicated that health care providers may not be offering HIV tests to all higher-risk individuals, further research has found those patients that are getting tested for HIV are not testing annually, as recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    03 July 2018 |
  • Many high-risk patients report not being tested for HIV at clinical visit

    Despite CDC guidance that high-risk individuals be tested for HIV at least annually, about half of men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs in the United States who were unaware of their HIV infection reported not being offered testing in the past year even though they had visited a clinician, according data published today in JAMA.

    02 July 2018 | Healio (requires free registration)
  • Adults at High Risk for HIV Not Testing as Often as Recommended

    Only about 60% of U.S. adults with recent HIV-related risk behaviors were ever tested for the virus, and those high-risk individuals who have been tested are not getting tested as frequently as recommended, researchers found.

    22 June 2018 | MedPage Today
  • Federal jury awards HIV patient $18.4 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

    A federal jury in Boston on Monday awarded $18.4 million in damages to a man who alleged that two of his former physicians failed to test him for HIV despite risk factors that made him more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

    20 June 2018 | The Boston Globe
  • Self-testing HIV kit goes on sale in Switzerland

    The screening tests can be obtained in pharmacies and drugstores nationwide and are also available via the internet.

    19 June 2018 | SWI
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