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Opt-out approach can boost HIV testing rates

A large randomised study in an emergency department in San Francisco clearly shows that an ‘opt-out’ approach to seeking consent for HIV testing can increase the number

Published
04 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
HIV Education That Aims to Empower, Not Shame

“We needed a coordinated media strategy and it needed really to focus less on fear-based messaging and more on empowering people,” said John Sapero, office chief for H.I.V. prevention for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Published
28 December 2015
From
New York Times
Large UK study shows low rates of HIV testing, even among those who think they are at risk of HIV

A major household survey of adults in the UK shows that, even among people who perceive themselves to be at risk of HIV infection, only 14% had

Published
21 December 2015
By
Roger Pebody
South Africa fails to put sexual health policy into practice

In South Africa, 15% of young women and 5% of young men aged 15 to 24 are HIV positive and 50% of new HIV infections are detected in people under 29.Vuyiseka Dubula, general secretary of Treatment Action Campaign, blames poor access to contraception and HIV testing. She says sex education has been greatly improved in recent years, but schools must go further by making condoms and health advice available on site.

Published
19 December 2015
From
The Guardian
San Francisco reports progress in 'Getting to Zero' HIV prevention and treatment effort

San Francisco made good progress in HIV prevention and treatment during 2015, and its successes have brought the city national and worldwide attention. But more work is

Published
07 December 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Largest HIV self-testing project launches in Africa

At the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), the Self-Testing Africa (STAR) project announced the launch of the largest HIV self-testing project ever seen in Africa. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part, and in the first year alone, nearly 750,000 self-testing kits will be distributed. Over four years, an estimated 2.7 million kits will be made available to the people that need it.

Published
03 December 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection: what’s new

The 2015 guidelines includes 10 new recommendations to improve the quality and efficiency of services to people living with HIV. Implementation of the recommendations in these guidelines on universal eligibility for ART will mean that more people will start ART earlier.

Published
01 December 2015
From
World Health Organization
Home-sampling can help tackle increasing rates of HIV infection

In order to realise the full benefits of testing for HIV, we need to improve access to testing outside of traditional clinics, reaching out to those who may not usually engage with their local sexual health service.

Published
25 November 2015
From
Public Health England
Dating apps join National HIV Testing Week

Grindr, Hornet, and PlanetRomeo are offering free advertising space for the European Test Finder, a website that helps men across the continent find a safe and convenient place to test for the virus.

Published
24 November 2015
From
Gay Times
Hospitals overlook every other person with HIV

A new study reveals that many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection. If tests were more widely used in healthcare, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, especially in Northern Europe.

Published
24 November 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
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