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Public Health England warns that improved treatment and testing rates for STIs in the UK could be imperilled by cuts

A review of one hundred years of diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK confirms that there have been sharp increases in gonorrhoea and syphilis

Published
18 December 2018
By
Gus Cairns
How the government wasted 25 years before letting people home-test themselves for HIV

It took FDA until 2012 to finally lift its ban on rapid home HIV tests. Tragically, countries around the world had followed FDA’s 1988 ban, believing it was based on science, and also banned home HIV tests, resulting in countless additional people being exposed to or contracting HIV.

Published
05 December 2018
From
Washington Examiner
The Independent launches Christmas charity appeal for essential HIV testing around the world

Funds raised for Elton John AIDS Foundation will pay for those at risk to be able to get tested, and will make sure they have access to the treatment they need.

Published
03 December 2018
From
The Independent
Unitaid drives expansion in HIV self-testing to get more people to know their status

A report launched jointly today with Population Services International (PSI), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and WHO unveils results of our HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative, which is generating the evidence for countries worldwide to scale up HIV self-testing and encouraging millions more people to find out their HIV status.

Published
01 December 2018
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Unitaid
ILO and WHO promote workplace HIV self-testing

A new policy brief to encourage HIV self-testing at the workplace is being launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Published
01 December 2018
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World Health Organization
INSTI HIV Self Test Earns WHO Prequalification Status for Home Testing

bioLytical Laboratories, a world leader in rapid infectious disease tests, is pleased to announce that its INSTI® HIV Self Test has been Prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO). INSTI, the world’s fastest home test providing results in 1-minute, becomes the first and only blood-based HIV self-test to be WHO Prequalified.

Published
29 November 2018
From
bioLytical Laboratories press release
Australia's first HIV home-testing kit gets tick of approval

Australia's first HIV home-testing kit has been approved by the regulator, in a move that has been welcomed by health advocates as a key weapon in the fight to eradicate the virus.

Published
29 November 2018
From
Sydney Morning Herald
HIV diagnoses fell in the UK in 2017 for the first time among all risk groups, all ethnicities and in all regions, annual report reveals

The 2018 report from Public Health England is entitled Progress towards ending the HIV epidemic in the United Kingdom, and for once the note of optimism in

Published
29 November 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Regulator seizes almost 10000 unsafe STI + HIV test kits

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning people who buy STI test kits and HIV test kits online to make sure that they are purchasing from safe and legitimate sources

Published
17 October 2018
From
GOV.UK
"I approached him when he was in his good moods": how pregnant women introduce HIV self-tests to their partners

Providing HIV self-testing kits to pregnant women to encourage HIV testing in their male partners is acceptable to men and women in Uganda, but women who are

Published
21 September 2018
By
Keith Alcorn
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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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