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Different community HIV testing and counselling approaches reach different populations in rural Africa

Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided, depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

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12 hours ago
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Medical News Today
Malawi to Conduct Door-to-Door HIV Testing

The announcement has raised fears in some Malawians, such as Steven Jailosi, a primary school teacher in rural Blantyre, who feel the campaign will likely infringe upon people’s privacy.

Published
16 December 2014
From
Voice of America
Reaching gay men: the next big test in HIV/Aids prevention in China

The knowledge is there, and so is the treatment. Now the challenge is to reach more people who are at high risk of HIV/Aids to get tested.

Published
03 December 2014
From
South China Morning Post
South Africa: Should HIV Testing Become a Standard Medical Procedure?

Knowing your status is the key to ending the Aids pandemic but still too few South Africans take the step to get tested for HIV. A report in the Mail & Guardian this week less than a third of the country's 35-million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually.

Published
03 December 2014
From
AllAfrica.com
Leaving it late: why are people still dying from HIV in the UK?

People whose HIV infection is diagnosed late have a ten-fold increased risk of dying within the first year of diagnosis compared to those diagnosed early. And it’s estimated that someone who is diagnosed very late with HIV has a life expectancy at least 10 years shorter than someone who starts treatment earlier.

Published
02 December 2014
From
Public Health England blog
UNITAID invests to identify some of the 19 million HIV undetected

With an estimated 19 million people living with HIV globally unaware they have the virus, UNITAID is investing $23 million to accelerate access to simple self-tests in three high burden African countries over the next two years.

Published
02 December 2014
From
UNITAID
Hong Kong's new HIV cases hit record high with 195 people diagnosed in Q3

A total of 195 new HIV cases were reported Hong Kong in the third quarter of the year, the highest number ever in a single quarter, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection said yesterday, while a separate survey found that the infection rate among gay men had risen almost two percentage points. More than 85 per cent of new HIV cases were in men, most aged from 20 to 29. HIV prevalence in gay men has risen from 4.1% to 5.9% - a 44% increase in a single year - though this new estimate may partly be due to more people coming forward to be tested.

Published
26 November 2014
From
South China Morning Post
Sexual health charity launches webtool to increase HIV testing in primary care

With a quarter of the estimated 108,000 people living with HIV in the UK still going undiagnosed, MEDFASH has developed HIV Testing in Practice (HIV TIPs), an online educational tool, to help increase rates of HIV diagnosis in primary care. Launched in National HIV Testing Week, the interactive webtool will enable GPs, practice nurses and their teams to raise their knowledge of HIV and enhance their confidence in offering HIV testing.

Published
25 November 2014
From
MEDFASH press release
Terrence Higgins Trust relaunches postal HIV testing service for gay and bisexual men

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is to mark National HIV Testing Week (22nd – 30th November) by relaunching its highly popular postal HIV testing service for gay and bisexual men.

Published
24 November 2014
From
Terrence Higgins Trust press release
London churches open HIV testing centres: 'People with HIV are not cursed'

HIV testing clinics have been opened in churches across London in the hopes of combatting high rates of infection as well as social stigma among the African population. Four African churches in Southwark, New Cross, Dagenham and Wood Green are involved in the project, which is coinciding with National HIV Testing Week from November 22 to 30.

Published
21 November 2014
From
ChristianToday
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