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The Truth About HIV

Dr Chris van Tulleken explores the latest science around HIV, meeting health professionals, scientists, and individuals affected by it in the UK and South Africa.

26 May 2017
BBC iPlayer (UK only, available until 24 June)
The 'Charlie Sheen Effect': Surge Seen in HIV Test Sales

Researchers found that, after Sheen announced he had HIV on Nov. 17, 2015, sales of home HIV testing kits doubled in the United States — from about 3,500 kits sold per week prior to the announcement, to 7,000 kits sold the week of the announcement. And this boost in sales continued for several more weeks.

18 May 2017
Live Science
Terrence Higgins Trust gives away thousands of HIV home testing kits

Seven volunteers for the charity have shared videos of themselves using the bioLytical INSTI HIV self test kit, which is said to be the world’s fastest.

18 May 2017
South Africa: First HIV test approved for home use to hit shelves

BioSURE HIV Self Test is described by its makers as “South Africa’s only CE-marked HIV self-test and the first HIV test approved for use at home without a medical professional”.

12 May 2017
The Citizen
Kenya launches self-test kits and PrEP

The Government of Kenya has reinforced its commitment to end AIDS by 2030 by launching two innovative technologies: self-testing for HIV and PrEP.

05 May 2017
Fear of stigma is prompting young South Africans to seek early HIV treatment

Young South Africans are strongly motivated to seek HIV testing and treatment by a desire to maintain a healthy physical appearance and to appear normal

04 May 2017
Keith Alcorn
Avoiding false positives: rapid HIV tests vary in their accuracy, so need to be used in combination

An evaluation of eight rapid diagnostic tests widely used in a variety of African countries by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shows that the tests vary

02 May 2017
Roger Pebody
Why China Is Selling Cheap HIV Tests In Campus Vending Machines

China is piloting the use of vending machines that sell HIV testing kits on university campuses. The goal is to reach students who may be reluctant to go to a clinic for a test because of the stigma of contracting HIV.

28 April 2017
HIV test kits sold in China's university vending machines at massive discount

The move is part of an HIV prevention initiative by the Chinese Association of STD and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control (CASAPC), which installed nine of the specialised vending machines in five universities across China last year. Students can purchase the test kits for 30 yuan (US$4.35), almost 10 times less than the average market price.

18 April 2017
South China Morning Post
Behaviour change interventions in HIV prevention: is there still a place for them?

A meta-analysis of studies of brief interventions to reduce HIV risk behaviour in HIV-negative gay men has concluded that there is evidence that such techniques did have

12 April 2017
Gus Cairns
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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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