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Multi-disease testing offers new ways to streamline disease management, Unitaid report says

Innovators are responding to the world’s growing co-infection crisis by developing devices that can quickly, accurately diagnose multiple diseases at a time. Unitaid’s new landscape report, launched today, profiles more than 95 such devices, already on the market or in development, all of which address at least one of Unitaid’s key disease areas—HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.

02 February 2018
Study finds more than half of patients worldwide don’t access HIV treatment until immune systems are severely compromised

Data from nearly a million patients starting treatment for HIV across the world over the last decade shows 55 percent of them accessed antiretroviral treatment only after their immune cell — or CD4 — counts had dropped below 200, leaving them extremely vulnerable to illnesses and infections.

02 February 2018
Science Speaks
A More Sensitive Saliva-Based HIV Test Is in the Works

Preliminary experiments suggest that the investigatory saliva test can identify HIV earlier in the course of infection compared with currently available spit-based assays. However, this experimental test will not likely identify new HIV infections as early as a blood test can.

25 January 2018
Using social and risk networks helps identify people undiagnosed with HIV

Conducting HIV testing among the social and risk networks of those recently diagnosed with HIV helps identify undiagnosed cases of HIV at significantly higher rates and at a lower cost than other testing approaches, finds a new study conducted in Ukraine by an international research team.

22 January 2018
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Internet-based STI testing nearly doubles uptake vs. clinic visits

Introducing patients to internet-based STI testing services could increase testing uptake compared with traditional face-to-face clinical services, according to study findings.

31 December 2017
New evidence supports HIV screening in young adulthood

Study indicates that age 25 would be better than younger ages for a single HIV screening test among those without symptoms.

20 December 2017
Science Daily
Alere Detect Effective as Rapid HIV-2 Test

The Alere q HIV-1/2 Detect test (Alere) can differentiate between HIV-1 and HIV-2 in 100% of samples, according to a new study. The test is the only point-of-care nucleic acid test (NAT) currently able to detect HIV-2.

07 December 2017
Infectious Disease Special Edition
How homophobia feeds Russia's HIV epidemic

In a country where gay people are persecuted by society and the state, even getting tested for HIV is fraught with problems

04 December 2017
The Observer
For World AIDS Day, an urgent call for more attention to men and boys

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has bluntly titled its new report Blind Spot and notes in its first sentence that focusing on boys and men may seem “counterintuitive” given the gender inequalities that often put girls and women at a disadvantage when it comes to infection and treatment. But data speak. O

01 December 2017
Many Americans still get their HIV diagnosis years after infection

Many people with HIV in the United States are still being diagnosed with HIV late, and therefore not getting the full therapeutic and prevention benefits of starting

30 November 2017
Liz Highleyman
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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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