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  • HIV testing

    Having an HIV test is the only way to know for sure whether you have HIV. If you have HIV, it’s very important that it’s diagnosed. This will...

    From: Factsheets

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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...

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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...

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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....

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  • 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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  • 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
  • Rheonix develops combined HIV antibody and HIV RNA test

    Rheonix Inc. a developer of fully automated molecular testing solutions, has completed development and testing of a microfluidic system and assay to simultaneously detect host anti-HIV antibodies and viral RNA in a single specimen of saliva or blood. The Rheonix system will improve HIV testing by detecting early, acute HIV infection and addressing the well - known “seroconversion window” when antibodies are not yet detectable, thus eliminating the need for multiple patient visits to health care providers. .

    16 March 2016 | Rheonix press release
  • Study compares tests to detect acute HIV infection

    In a study appearing in the Feb. 16 issue of JAMA, Philip J. Peters, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues evaluated the performance of an HIV antigen/antibody (Ag/Ab) combination assay to detect acute HIV infection (early infection) compared with pooled HIV RNA testing, the reference standard.

    22 February 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • South Africa: Home HIV testing gets the green light

    After years of debate about the merits of home HIV testing, a ban has been lifted on pharmacist sales of do-it-yourself HIV tests.

    09 February 2016 | Health-E News
  • A Bill Gates backed fund is investing in an Aussie HIV testing company

    The US based Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), which was set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and investment bank JPMorgan in 2013, will hand Sydney based Atomo Diagnostics fresh funds as it seeks to scale up production of its self testing devices, expand its sales activities and the commercial rollout of its products in developing countries.

    14 January 2016 | Sydney Morning Herald
  • Largest HIV self-testing project launches in Africa

    At the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), the Self-Testing Africa (STAR) project announced the launch of the largest HIV self-testing project ever seen in Africa. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part, and in the first year alone, nearly 750,000 self-testing kits will be distributed. Over four years, an estimated 2.7 million kits will be made available to the people that need it.

    03 December 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • Detecting HIV diagnostic antibodies with DNA nanomachines

    A nanoscale machine composed of synthetic DNA can be used for the rapid, sensitive and low-cost diagnosis of many diseases, including HIV.

    07 October 2015 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • TV star Dr Christian condemns ‘joke’ HIV test apps and calls on app stores to ban them

    Television star Dr Christian Jessen has condemned mobile apps which allow users to “prank” friends into thinking they are HIV positive.

    03 October 2015 | Pink News
  • DIY HIV tests go on sale in France

    Do-it-yourself HIV tests went on sale in France for the first time on Tuesday as part of the government's plan to reduce the incidence of HIV in the country. French company AAZ's Autotest VIH kits will be available in pharmacies for 25 euros.

    16 September 2015 | RFI
  • HIV Self-Testing Raises Testing Rate in Randomized Trial of Seattle MSM

    Men randomized to HIV self-testing reported significantly more HIV tests through 15 months than men randomized to standard testing in a trial enrolling Seattle men who have sex with men (MSM). Self-testers also acquired fewer sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during this 230-man study.

    27 July 2015 | NATAP
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