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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

  • 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
  • US regulators set to approve HIV home-testing kit

    HIV home testing is soon likely to become legal in the United States, following a unanimous vote in support of the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test by a panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The test ...

    16 May 2012 | Roger Pebody
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  • 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
  • CDC Revises HIV Testing Guidelines to Better ID Early Cases

    The CDC has recommended a new HIV testing protocol for laboratories that will better identify acute cases of the virus.

    27 June 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • Scaling up access to HIV testing through new technologies

    What is HIV self-testing and what could it accomplish? This is the first question that a new UNAIDS/WHO technical update on self-testing for HIV addresses. The update aims to synthesize experiences, research and policies on HIV self-testing in order to inform stakeholders who are considering or already implementing such an approach.

    28 May 2014 | UNAIDS
  • HIV testing: Home Sampling vs. Home Testing, a primer for users (and others)

    Home testing and home sampling are not one and the same and it is important for potential users  and their providers to understand the key differences between the two.

    07 April 2014 | Incidence 0
  • HIV Testing and Self-Testing: Answers to frequently asked questions

    This document provides important information for people thinking about buying a self-test kit for HIV, or having an HIV test. UK law changed in April 2014 and self-test kits for HIV can now be sold in England, Scotland and Wales. At the moment no self-test kits for HIV have been CE marked for the UK or EU market, but this is expected to change in 2014/15.

    06 April 2014 | Public Health England
  • UK law passes sales of HIV home tests before they exist

    Kits allowing people to test themselves for HIV at home can be bought over the counter in the UK for the first time - but no kits exist yet in Britain.

    06 April 2014 | BBC Health
  • MedMira Receives Approval To Market Reveal® Rapid HIV Test With New Features in Europe

    MedMira Inc. (TSXV: MIR) has received approval to market an enriched version of its Reveal HIV test that simplifies the test procedure, enabling direct use of whole blood specimens – making the test even more convenient for point-of-care test users, especially in emergency situations when every second counts.

    13 March 2014 | MedMira press release
  • Roche announces launch of the Dual Target HIV-1 Qualitative Test in markets accepting the CE mark

    The new test will help increase access for early infant HIV diagnosis and makes sample collection and transportation easy, including in rural areas.

    18 February 2014 | PR Newswire (press release)
  • Study finds youth prefer and benefit more from rapid point-of-care HIV testing

    Youth prefer, accept and receive HIV results more often when offered rapid finger prick or saliva swab tests rather than traditional blood tests according to a study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital.

    21 November 2013 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Children at risk of AIDS should be tested at birth - UNAIDS

    More than a quarter of a million children each year are born infected with the virus that causes AIDS, but too few are being tested early to receive treatment and prolong their lives, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Michele Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, called for diagnostic kits to be improved for detection in babies of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, and for their "still high" current price of $25-50 to be brought down.

    20 November 2013 | Reuters
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