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US National HIV Testing Day boosts numbers testing

Today, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day in the United States and a study just published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows that in previous

Published
27 June 2016
By
Roger Pebody
China making HIV self-test kits more accessible to plug gap in testing of at-risk groups

China is now aiming to make HIV self-test kits widely available to the internet-savvy generation. Its Centre for Aids/STD Control and Prevention (NCAids) said it would make the kits widely accessible through online outlets and pharmacies, which could “reach out to those under the radar, helping to link them to care”.

Published
27 June 2016
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South China Morning Post
Free home HIV tests offered to gay men and black Africans in ‘groundbreaking’ pilot scheme

The UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity has linked up with BioSure to launch a ‘groundbreaking’ pilot today, releasing 4,500 free HIV tests which are available to people at high risk of HIV, including men who have sex with men, and black Africans. Like a home pregnancy test, you do the test yourself and see the result within a few minutes.

Published
27 June 2016
From
Terrence Higgins Trust
Hepatitis C antigen testing could eliminate need for two-step HCV testing, reduce cost of access

Testing for hepatitis C virus core antigen could eventually replace the current two-step procedure for diagnosing chronic hepatitis C infection in lower- and middle-income countries, speeding up

Published
23 June 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
Do It London summer HIV testing campaign launches

London boroughs are launching a new phase of their pioneering Do it London campaign to raise awareness of the importance of getting tested for HIV.

Published
21 June 2016
From
London Councils
UK: More gay men than ever getting tested for HIV -- but 1 in 4 still never had a test

More gay and bisexual men than ever are getting tested for HIV, according to new data from the National Gay Men's Sex Survey. The survey is the largest of its kind in the UK and sheds light on the sexual health of men who have sex with men.

Published
21 June 2016
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Less frequent CD4 and viral load monitoring safe for people doing well on ART

The frequency of routine monitoring for people treated with antiretrovirals with viral suppression can be safely reduced from every three months, to every six months, investigators from

Published
13 June 2016
By
Michael Carter
European prize for HIV diagnostic kit

The device, called SAMBA, can accurately and rapidly diagnose HIV using a tiny sample of blood. The kits are used in countries with no laboratory infrastructure and they do not need to be operated by medically trained staff.

Published
12 June 2016
From
Wellcome Trust
HIV self-testing has several advantages, but some barriers to HIV testing likely to remain

A service offering kits for HIV self-testing in South Africa has the potential to improve uptake of HIV testing by individuals who fear breaches of confidentiality or

Published
07 June 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Significant attrition at each stage of HIV care cascade in South Africa

There is significant attrition at each stage of the HIV care continuum in South Africa, according to a study published in the online edition of the Journal

Published
06 June 2016
By
Michael Carter
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