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  • Sexual health charity launches webtool to increase HIV testing in primary care

    With a quarter of the estimated 108,000 people living with HIV in the UK still going undiagnosed, MEDFASH has developed HIV Testing in Practice (HIV TIPs), an online educational tool, to help increase rates of HIV diagnosis in primary care. Launched in National HIV Testing Week, the interactive webtool will enable GPs, practice nurses and their teams to raise their knowledge of HIV and enhance their confidence in offering HIV testing.

    25 November 2014 | MEDFASH press release
  • Rumours of the demise of HIV have been greatly exaggerated

    Two years ago, the “beginning of the end” of AIDS was announced. It included the promise of reducing HIV transmission by reducing the amount of infectious virus in the population. But disease control will fail unless we understand and plan for its translation within complex and adaptive systems. People take up technologies and use them in unanticipated ways. Cultures develop resistance in the same way that bacteria do. We will only ever approach the beginning of the end of AIDS if and when we bear these things in mind.

    25 November 2014 | The Conversation
  • Study Finds Retention Problems Among South African Patients Receiving HIV Treatment

    Fewer than half of patients who tested HIV-positive at a Johannesburg, South Africa clinic returned to complete eligibility testing for antiretroviral therapy (ART), suggesting that “strategies to reduce attrition from all stages of care are urgently needed,” a new study led by a BU researcher finds.

    07 November 2014 | Boston University press release
  • Farage's "people of quality"

    Nigel Farage is simply exploiting both people living with HIV, and the stigma attached to HIV, for his own political gains. If he whips up a little furore to scare the public about HIV, whilst Ebola is in the news, he thinks he’ll have the public eating out of his hands. Don’t believe his poisonous lies, don’t let him have his way.

    16 October 2014 | Beyond Positive
  • Why barriers at the UK border won’t work for HIV

    No one is going to set up booths with testing kits at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, let alone at the Channel ports

    10 October 2014 | The Guardian
  • Northern Ireland Health Minister announces consultation on HIV self-testing kits

    Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has announced a consultation on removing the ban on HIV self-testing kits in the province. The ban was lifted in England, Wales and Scotland in April this year.

    02 October 2014 | Pink News
  • HIV testing and black Africans in the UK

    Dr Iain Reeves and Dr Richard Ma discuss the role of HIV testing in black Africans in the UK.

    29 September 2014 | GP online
  • 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
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