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First HIV home test approved for sale in UK

The BioSure HIV Self Test, designed to be used by untrained users at home was granted a CE mark yesterday, making it the first HIV

Published
22 hours ago
By
Roger Pebody
Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk. Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged.

Published
15 April 2015
From
AIDS.gov
Policy of Mandatory HIV Testing of Sex Workers Repealed in Greece

According to a report at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on the 2nd of April, repealed the health regulation used to justify roundups and forced HIV testing of people alleged to be sex workers.

Published
15 April 2015
From
Global Network of Sex Work Projects
'This is what it's really like to live with HIV'

The number of young men being diagnosed with HIV has doubled in ten years; the number of new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men has reached a record high, according to the most recent data. The virus is rarely out of the news, and yet, because of continuing developments in treatment, few of us understand what life with the condition is like now. Three young men, all diagnosed in their 20s, talk about living with the virus.

Published
10 April 2015
From
Daily Telegraph
Self-testing for HIV in low-income, high-incidence countries could save money, could improve outcomes . . . but it’s complicated, analysis finds

Introducing self-testing in a country like Zimbabwe, where HIV incidence is high, resources to confront HIV are limited, and only about half the people who live with HIV know they have the virus, could save about $75 million over the next 20 years, with some health benefits, besides. That would make the self-testing more cost-effective than the current situation.

Published
10 April 2015
From
Science Speaks
Czech human rights advocates up in arms over proposal to make HIV testing compulsory for high-risk groups

The Czech Health Ministry is pushing a proposed amendment to the law on public health which would make HIV testing compulsory for some people in high risk groups. While the ministry argues that this is to curb the spread of the disease and ensure early treatment, human rights advocates say it would mean a serious breach of human rights.

Published
09 April 2015
From
Radio Prague
An alternative service design for sexual health

We’ve just launched SH:24, a new 24/7 sexual health service that offers free self-testing and rapid results by text message to people in Lambeth and Southwark. Our boroughs have some of the highest rates of acute STIs nationwide and large populations of risk groups, including young people and black and minority communities.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity
HIV home-testing kit awaiting approval from Australia's drug regulator

Researchers hope an oral HIV test will be approved by Australia’s drug regulator for home use, saying it would curb infection rates by diagnosing people earlier so they can take steps to prevent spreading the virus.

Published
10 March 2015
From
The Guardian
New York City Gets Its HIV Act Together

High proportions of New York City residents with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are being diagnosed, receiving care, and seeing their serum viral load plummet to undetectable levels, city health officials reported here.

Published
02 March 2015
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
Breastfeeding mothers often undiagnosed in sub-Saharan Africa

A large proportion of women in sub-Saharan Africa who are at high risk of transmitting HIV to their infants during breastfeeding are likely still to be undiagnosed,

Published
25 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
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