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  • HIV testing

    HIV tests are available in lots of healthcare settings. Home HIV testing is also available.Laboratory tests are the most accurate but rapid tests can be...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Home HIV testing

    Self-sampling and self-testing are new options for taking an HIV test.You don't need to see a doctor or nurse to use home testing kits.HIV tests...

    From: Factsheets

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  • HIV testing technologies

    This briefing paper, produced by NAM for HIV Prevention England, provides an overview of HIV diagnostic tests for people planning, commissioning or providing HIV prevention...

    From: HIV prevention briefing papers

  • HIV testing

    The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to have an HIV test. In the UK, HIV testing is free and confidential through...

    From: Living with HIV

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  • Types of test

    A number of different testing techniques are available and will be used in different circumstances. As well as laboratory-based third and fourth generation tests, there...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

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  • Understanding test results

    Technical reports on the accuracy of different tests (described in a later section) analyse tests in terms of their ‘sensitivity’, ‘specificity’ and ability to detect...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

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  • What tests look for

    The most widely known tests detect HIV antibodies. However detection of p24 antigen is now an important part of HIV-testing strategies....

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4
  • Testing

    HIV testing in the UK is free, voluntary and confidential. You can be tested at an NHS sexual health clinic, a GP surgery or a...

    From: The basics

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    I was given my diagnosis over the telephone after spending four days in hospital with meningitis. I now realise it wasn’t meningitis, it was an...

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  • Reuters–along with many other news sites–parrots erroneous news release on HIV testing via USB stick

    This Reuters story draws readers in with news that scientists have developed a quick HIV test on a USB stick, which could be useful in the developing world. The story confuses the effectiveness of the traditional, test tube-based method with that of the experimental USB stick test that researchers hope will replace it, ultimately overstating the latter’s sensitivity. The reason this happened is because it seems to be based entirely on a news release, which also seems to misunderstand the study’s design.

    15 November 2016 | Health News Review
  • bioLytical Launches World's Fastest HIV Self Test in UK

    With one finger prick and a single drop of blood, the INSTI HIV Self Test provides instant results and is over 99% accurate. With other home tests, individuals must wait 15 to 20 minutes (after the test is conducted) for a result to be produced or several days or weeks in the case of laboratory tests.

    15 November 2016 | bioLytical press release
  • 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
  • Prince Harry's HIV test inspired a 500% increase in people checking their status, says charity

    The Terrence Higgins Trust described the effect of the prince’s social media appeal as a “groundbreaking moment in the fight against HIV ”. The charity was running a pilot scheme offering people the chance to find out their status by sending off for a 15-minute HIV self-testing kit when Harry sat down for his test on Thursday July 14.

    27 July 2016 | Daily Mirror
  • Alere HIV Combo Test Receives WHO Prequalification

    Alere, a global leader in rapid diagnostics, today announced that its Alere HIV Combo, a rapid point-of-care fourth-generation test that detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and the HIV-1 p24 antigen, has been awarded World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification, making it available for public sector procurement in resource-limited countries.

    17 July 2016 | Alere press release
  • Challenges Loom for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

    POC is likely to grow in emerging markets, where limited resources and local conditions make traditional lab-based testing less practical.

    13 July 2016 | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
  • bioLytical Receives CE Mark for HIV Self-Testing Kit

    The INSTI HIV Self Test will be commercially available in the UK, France and other key European countries by the fourth quarter of this year. The product will be marketed through retail locations and certain e-commerce platforms.

    12 July 2016 | bioLytical press release
  • China making HIV self-test kits more accessible to plug gap in testing of at-risk groups

    China is now aiming to make HIV self-test kits widely available to the internet-savvy generation. Its Centre for Aids/STD Control and Prevention (NCAids) said it would make the kits widely accessible through online outlets and pharmacies, which could “reach out to those under the radar, helping to link them to care”.

    27 June 2016 | South China Morning Post
  • Free home HIV tests offered to gay men and black Africans in ‘groundbreaking’ pilot scheme

    The UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity has linked up with BioSure to launch a ‘groundbreaking’ pilot today, releasing 4,500 free HIV tests which are available to people at high risk of HIV, including men who have sex with men, and black Africans. Like a home pregnancy test, you do the test yourself and see the result within a few minutes.

    27 June 2016 | Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Malawi: Oral Kits Let People Test for HIV at Home

    A quick swab of the gums and people know their test results. In Malawi, many people didn't get tested for HIV before because that meant visiting a clinic - but they didn't want health officials to know their status.

    30 March 2016 | AllAfrica
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