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  • 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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