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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  • 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
  • Zimbabwe: Mandatory HIV testing for kids ill-conceived

    The decision by the Harare Municipality to embark on a mandatory HIV testing of pupils in all council-run primary schools as part of a health education, is ill-conceived and could entrench stigma and traumatise those suspected to be infected.

    24 May 2016 | The Herald
  • New York: Cuomo’s HIV/AIDS legislation targets 2020 to end epidemic

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced legislation Sunday that would implement parts of his plan to eliminate HIV/AIDS as an epidemic by 2020, but advocates said it leaves out some of his task force’s recommendations.

    17 May 2016 | Newsday
  • South Africa moves to ‘test and treat’

    Treasury has allocated an extra R1-billion to finance this “universal test and treat” (UTT) programme, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced during his budget speech in Parliament today.

    16 May 2016 | Health-e News
  • Is the UK meeting its national guidelines for HIV testing of MSM?

    The potential role of frequent HIV testing in curbing the HIV epidemic among the MSM population has long been recognized. The introduction of the strategy of ‘opt-out’ testing in the UK (2007), as in other countries at around the same time, brought a steep rise in testing, followed by stabilization (McDaid & Hart (STIs); Saxton […]

    10 May 2016 | BMJ Group blogs
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