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HIV Self-Testing Raises Testing Rate in Randomized Trial of Seattle MSM

Men randomized to HIV self-testing reported significantly more HIV tests through 15 months than men randomized to standard testing in a trial enrolling Seattle men who have sex with men (MSM). Self-testers also acquired fewer sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during this 230-man study.

Published
27 July 2015
From
NATAP
HIV self-testing may help the 'hard to reach' learn their status, but uncertainties remain

HIV self-testing (or ‘home testing’) is likely to have an important place in future global HIV strategies, but at the moment there are significant gaps in the

Published
26 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Giving people information about HIV treatment as prevention lessens stigma and increases testing rates

A large randomised trial of communities in rural Malawi shows that a single community meeting providing information on how antiretroviral therapy makes people less infectious can have

Published
24 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Vancouver delegates call for greater innovation in HIV diagnostics

Innovation in HIV diagnostics is urgently needed if the world hopes to achieve the 90–90–90 target for access to antiretroviral therapy, leading scientific experts advised this week. The call for intensified effort and innovation on HIV diagnostics occurred during two sessions at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, held in Vancouver, Canada.

Published
22 July 2015
From
UNAIDS
Treatment cascades show 90-90-90 goal within reach for some – but Eastern Europe lags behind Africa

Global analysis of HIV treatment cascades – the proportions of people diagnosed with HIV, in care, on treatment and virally suppressed – shows that some of the

Published
22 July 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Active invitation and tracing more likely to get men involved in couples HIV counselling and testing

Active invitation and tracing of male partners of pregnant women newly diagnosed with HIV substantially increased uptake of couples HIV counselling and testing (cHCT), resulting in close

Published
22 July 2015
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
NHS hospital to carry out 'automatic' tests for HIV when you get a blood test

A&E patients at a London hospital will automatically get tested for HIV when they have blood tests – in a bid to help diagnose people who are unaware of their status. St Thomas’ Hospital will become the first in the UK to take the proactive new approach – which means that standard practice will be to test emergency patients for HIV, as part of routine blood tests.

Published
21 July 2015
From
Pink News
IAS 2015: While “game-changing,” START trial draws “line in the sand” and sets “time a’ ticking” to stop preventable illnesses and death, calls for action are accompanied by questions of impact of inequities, obstacles

Study also showed that most commonly used measure — CD4 count does not give accurate projection of illness risk.

Published
21 July 2015
From
Science Speaks
World Health Organization urges more HIV testing by non-medical staff, outside of clinical settings, targeted to those who need it the most

In addition to recommending that routine HIV testing in medical settings be expanded to reach new groups of patients, the World Health Organization’s new guidance on HIV

Published
20 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Test and treat studies and African countries showing that 90-90-90 targets are achievable

Health services in some African countries including Botswana, Rwanda and Malawi are now providing effective HIV treatment to a greater proportion of their HIV-positive citizens than the

Published
20 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
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