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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
21 hours ago
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
23 hours ago
From
GP online
Landmark HIV diagnostic access program will save $150m and help achieve new global goals on HIV

Roche today announced a major Global Access Program to sharply lower the price of HIV viral load tests in low- and middle-income countries. This new initiative creates a ceiling price of US$ 9.40 per test, and will reduce Roche’s average price by more than 40% in low- and middle-income countries. When fully implemented, the Global Access Program is projected to save more than US$ 150 million in costs over the next five years.

Published
29 September 2014
From
UNAIDs press release
Gay and Bisexual Men See HIV as the Top Health Issue Facing Their Community, But Majorities Are Not Personally Worried About Getting Infected & Not Getting Tested Regularly

More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds that though HIV/AIDS is named as the number one health issue facing their population, a majority (56%) are not personally concerned about becoming infected, and relatively few report having been tested recently.

Published
29 September 2014
From
Kaiser Family Foundation press release
Roche launches Global Access Program for HIV viral load testing

To support the Global Access Program, Roche has committed to expanding access to its COBAS® AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test version 2.0 through a special pricing scheme for qualifying organizations in eligible countries.

Published
26 September 2014
From
Roche press release
Treatment of worm infections leads to increases in CD4 counts and haemoglobin and fall in viral load for HIV-positive women taking ART

De-worming is associated with falls in viral load and increases in CD4 count and haemoglobin, in pregnant women living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to

Published
26 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
HCV antibody testing may miss recent infections in gay men living with HIV

Nucleic acid testing should be used to diagnose acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in gay men living with HIV, Dutch research published in the online edition

Published
23 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
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
Point-of-care CD4 testing is economically feasible for HIV care in resource-limited areas

A study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators, working in collaboration with colleagues in Mozambique and South Africa, indicates that routine use of point-of-care CD4 testing at the time of HIV diagnosis would be cost effective in countries where health care and other resources are severely limited.

Published
17 September 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Unique Health Care Challenges for Older Adults with HIV

Dr. Meredith Greene, fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco, has spent her career working out how to integrate HIV services and geriatric care. “Traditionally, those areas haven’t overlapped a lot,” she explains—yet as individuals with HIV live longer with increasingly more effective and tolerable HIV therapies, she recognizes the importance of tailoring medical care services for older HIV-positive adults to their unique medical needs.

Published
17 September 2014
From
BETA blog
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