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  • Home HIV testing

    HIV testing is usually provided by medical professionals in hospital clinics, GP surgeries and other settings. It may also be provided by trained staff from HIV and...

    From: Factsheets

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  • 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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  • Seroconversion

    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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Types of HIV tests news from aidsmap

  • First HIV home test approved for sale in UK

    The BioSure HIV Self Test, designed to be used by untrained users at home was granted a CE mark yesterday, making it the first HIV home test which can be legally sold in the United Kingdom. The ...

    24 April 2015 | Roger Pebody
  • What needs to be done to make HIV self-testing a reality?

    Self-testing for HIV has great potential to broaden access to HIV testing, the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne heard last week. But for self-testing to play a key role in reducing undiagnosed infection, the most appropriate models of ...

    28 July 2014 | Roger Pebody
  • Home sampling for HIV testing – high demand, 1 in 60 are HIV positive

    Pilot projects, testing innovative ways for individuals to take their own saliva or blood sample and return it to a laboratory for analysis, have found that the approach is successful at reaching significant numbers of individuals who haven’t tested ...

    04 April 2014 | Roger Pebody
  • Self-testing encourages very high uptake of HIV testing in Malawi study

    A community-based self-testing programme achieved 76% uptake of HIV testing in urban Malawi, with very high accuracy of test reading and linkage to care, researchers from Malawi, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and London School of Hygiene and Tropical ...

    07 March 2014 | Keith Alcorn
  • Modelling study – self testing could lead to more HIV infections

    If gay men replace clinic-based HIV testing with less sensitive home tests, the prevalence and incidence of HIV could rise, American researchers report in the January edition of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Because home tests have longer window periods than laboratory ...

    20 January 2014 | Roger Pebody
  • Large US study shows which HIV tests are most accurate

    Differences in the performance of commonly used HIV tests lead to substantial differences in the number of infections which are diagnosed in everyday clinical practice, according to an analysis from San Francisco published last month in PLOS ONE. If ...

    06 January 2014 | Roger Pebody
  • Over-the-counter blood test for HIV may be feasible, Spanish study finds

    A study from Madrid has found that 92% of people taking an HIV test could obtain a valid result by testing themselves with the kind of fingerprick point-of-care blood test used at clinics, without any instruction except the brochure ...

    26 October 2012 | Gus Cairns
  • More evidence that rapid ‘combination’ test often fails to detect acute HIV infection

    A rapid, point-of-care test, which aims to reduce the ‘window period’ through the detection of both antibodies and p24 antigen has poor performance in a UK clinical setting, Clifford Bryn Jones and colleagues report in the advance online edition ...

    23 October 2012 | Roger Pebody
  • Will MSM use over-the-counter rapid HIV tests to screen sexual partners?

    If men who have sex with men (MSM) have the option of using rapid HIV testing to screen potential sexual partners, will they do so? Until recently this was a hypothetical question. But in early July, the US Food and ...

    26 July 2012 | Kelly Safreed-Harmon
  • HIV home tests – how will they be used?

    This week the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, which will be sold over the counter and used without medical supervision, received its final approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaning that it can be legally sold in the ...

    07 July 2012 | Roger Pebody
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  • Why I Wish I'd Received My HIV Diagnosis At Home

    I received my HIV diagnosis nearly four years ago, on 4th August 2011, through an NHS clinic. The experience was horrific and, given the choice now, I think I'd have preferred home-testing.

    29 April 2015 | Vice
  • Self-testing for HIV in low-income, high-incidence countries could save money, could improve outcomes . . . but it’s complicated, analysis finds

    Introducing self-testing in a country like Zimbabwe, where HIV incidence is high, resources to confront HIV are limited, and only about half the people who live with HIV know they have the virus, could save about $75 million over the next 20 years, with some health benefits, besides. That would make the self-testing more cost-effective than the current situation.

    10 April 2015 | Science Speaks
  • HIV home-testing kit awaiting approval from Australia's drug regulator

    Researchers hope an oral HIV test will be approved by Australia’s drug regulator for home use, saying it would curb infection rates by diagnosing people earlier so they can take steps to prevent spreading the virus.

    10 March 2015 | The Guardian
  • bioLytical's INSTI HIV/Syphilis Multiplex Test Cleared for European Market

    bioLytical Laboratories Inc., a leading manufacturer of rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests, announced today that its INSTI™ HIV/Syphilis Multiplex Test has been cleared for immediate market entry in the European Union through its' Notified Body. With this approval, the INSTI™ HIV/Syphilis Multiplex Test is available for simultaneous detection of Syphilis, HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies in as little as 60 seconds.

    16 February 2015 | PR Newswire
  • Smartphone, Finger Prick, 15 Minutes, Diagnosis—Done!

    A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes.

    09 February 2015 | Columbia University press release
  • DIY HIV tests a hit with Scotland’s islanders

    ISLANDERS from some of Scotland’s most remote communities have been among the first to take advantage of the country’s free HIV home testing kits.

    19 January 2015 | The Scotsman
  • FDA OKs Wider Use of Rapid Test That Better Detects Early HIV

    The FDA has granted permission for more widespread use of a rapid test that can detect HIV earlier after infection than standard antibody tests. 

    12 December 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • UNITAID invests to identify some of the 19 million HIV undetected

    With an estimated 19 million people living with HIV globally unaware they have the virus, UNITAID is investing $23 million to accelerate access to simple self-tests in three high burden African countries over the next two years.

    02 December 2014 | UNITAID
  • HIV self-test maker to raise £150,000

    An Essex company which aims to be the first to bring a HIV self-test to the UK market is on track to raise £150,000 through a crowdfunding round.

    07 November 2014 | Insider Media
  • 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
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