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IDWeek 2014: Social Network Strategies Encourage HIV Testing

Face-to-face social networking among peers is a more effective and proactive way to identify people with HIV infection than standard counseling, testing, and referral methods, according to study findings presented yesterday at the IDWeek 2014 conference in Philadelphia. In an analysis of 45 sites in Wisconsin, researchers found that social networking strategies identified a higher proportion of people who tested HIV positive than traditional methods.

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19 hours ago
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HIVandhepatitis.com
Trust, Intimacy, and HIV Testing

A recent study conducted by Stephenson and colleagues finds that partnered men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to get regular HIV tests than MSM who are single. Among a sample of 404 partnered HIV-negative men, less than half (49%) reported getting tested at least once a year, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partnered MSM are also much more likely than single MSM to engage in anal intercourse without condoms. And, estimates show that as many as three-quarters of HIV infections among MSM in the U.S. happen in the context of primary relationships.

Published
08 October 2014
From
BETA blog
The Impact of Faith-Based Organisations on Public Health and Social Capital

As a network of faith-based organisations, FaithAction knows that there are many faith groups up and down the country doing health-related work in their communities. However, the value of this work is in danger of not being recognised, both by the groups themselves and by policymakers, in large part because there is a lack of evidence around what is taking place and its effectiveness.

Published
01 October 2014
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Faith Action
Late diagnosis of HIV blamed on Coalition's health reforms

Health experts are reporting disturbing increases in the number of people being diagnosed late with the HIV virus in England. They warn that healthcare reforms, which, they say, have "fragmented" a previously "seamless sexual health service", may be a major reason for the delays, and have called for an investigation.

Published
29 September 2014
From
The Independent
HIV testing and black Africans in the UK

Dr Iain Reeves and Dr Richard Ma discuss the role of HIV testing in black Africans in the UK.

Published
29 September 2014
From
GP online
CDC Launches HIV Treatment Awareness Campaign

“HIV Treatment Works” is a new awareness campaign from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Published
17 September 2014
From
Poz
New “peer navigator” program encourages at-home HIV testing

A new study using networks of friends as “peer navigators” will soon be launched in the East Bay to reach men who may be vulnerable to the AIDS virus. It’s part of an effort to make better use of confidential in-home HIV testing in order to reach at-risk populations in Oakland.

Published
15 September 2014
From
Oakland North
HIV testing rates are improving in African people in England

Data from two large, community surveys of African people living in England suggest that the proportion of people who have recently tested for HIV has increased over

Published
08 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Social inequalities associated with late HIV diagnosis and delayed HIV treatment – European study

Even in the context of western European countries with universal access to health care, there are socioeconomic inequalities in timely access to HIV testing, according to a

Published
05 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
HIV Trends in San Francisco and London: An AIDS 2014 Q&A

At AIDS 2014 researchers presented findings from a comparison of HIV trends in two major cities: San Francisco and LondonStudy co-author Jen Hecht, MPH, director of program development and operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, spoke with BETA about the study findings, what they mean for HIV prevention efforts moving forward

Published
22 August 2014
From
BETA blog
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