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No HIV test, no marriage license, Jakarta tells couples

No HIV test, no marriage license, Jakarta tells couples -  UCA NewsAuthorities in the Indonesian capital Jakarta have introduced a regulation requiring couples to take an HIV test in order to obtain a marriage license.

18 January 2019
UCA News
Malaysian AIDS council slams proposed mandatory HIV tests for non-Muslims

The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) has panned a proposal by the women, family and community development ministry to make HIV tests compulsory for non-Muslims intending to tie the knot. In a statement, MAC said conducting compulsory HIV screenings is not an “effective, long-term solution” to combat rising HIV cases, adding that HIV testing should only be done on a voluntary basis.

20 December 2018
Free Malaysia Today
ILO and WHO promote workplace HIV self-testing

A new policy brief to encourage HIV self-testing at the workplace is being launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

01 December 2018
World Health Organization
New York State May Soon Finally Eliminate Explicit Consent From HIV Testing in Care Settings

Most of the HIV advocacy community in New York City and the state at large now agree that the current law still obstructs testing for health providers -- largely because they find it awkward asking patients if they can test for HIV.

30 November 2018
The Body
HIV diagnoses fell in the UK in 2017 for the first time among all risk groups, all ethnicities and in all regions, annual report reveals

The 2018 report from Public Health England is entitled Progress towards ending the HIV epidemic in the United Kingdom, and for once the note of optimism in

29 November 2018
Gus Cairns
Marking European Testing Week: ECDC issues integrated hepatitis and HIV testing Guidance

Targeted testing to reach those most at-risk of infection is an essential element of any strategy to eliminate viral hepatitis and HIV across the countries in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA). To mark European Testing Week from 23 to 30 November 2018, ECDC publishes its new Guidance on integrated viral hepatitis and HIV testing which provides options and ideas based on the latest scientific evidence for national or local hepatitis B, C and HIV testing guidelines and programmes.

27 November 2018
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statements on HIV Screening and Prevention

Based on its review of the evidence, the Task Force recommends that clinicians screen everyone ages 15 to 65 years and all pregnant women for HIV. In a separate draft recommendation, the Task Force recommends that clinicians offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—a daily pill that helps prevent HIV—to people at high risk of HIV.

20 November 2018
US Preventive Services Task Force
Switzerland: Historic drop in reported HIV cases in 2017

HIV is on the decline in Switzerland, according to the latest figures of the health ministry, with only 445 new cases reported in 2017. That's a 16% decrease relative to 2016. The Federal Office of Public Health credits increased screening among at-risk groups through targeted campaigns and earlier treatment of HIV-positive individuals for the achievement of this historic low.

19 November 2018
Why almost no one in Nigeria is using HIV prevention drugs

In Nigeria, more than 3 million people are living with HIV, but less than 400 people at the highest risk of infection are using PrEP, widely regarded as a key tool in the battle against the disease’s spread.

08 November 2018
Older people less likely to be offered an HIV test in English sexual health clinics

Despite their mandate to offer HIV testing to all attendees, sexual health clinics in England are less likely to offer a test to older patients, according to

12 October 2018
Roger Pebody
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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