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Opt-out approach can boost HIV testing rates

A large randomised study in an emergency department in San Francisco clearly shows that an ‘opt-out’ approach to seeking consent for HIV testing can increase the number

Published
04 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Tinder now helps you locate the nearest STD, HIV testing clinic

Tinder wants you to play safe while swiping right. The dating mobile app added a new Health Safety section on their website this week that helps users locate the nearest clinic to get tested for STDs and HIV.

Published
22 January 2016
From
New York Daily News
Can we improve acceptance of HIV testing?

However, the researchers suggest that active choice testing (directly asking patients if they would like an HIV test) may best reflect patients' true preferences, and they call for further work to assess the effects of different approaches on patient.

Published
20 January 2016
From
Medical Xpress
HIV Testing Uncommon in Teens Despite Recommendations: CDC

Fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who've had sex have ever been tested for HIV, a troubling low rate that didn't budge over eight years, government researchers say. Young adults fared slightly better, although testing rates have declined in black women, a high-risk group.

Published
20 January 2016
From
ABC News
Malawi: Govt Launches HIV Viral Load Scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan

Government on Wednesday launched the Viral Load scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan for the years 2015 to 2018.

Published
19 January 2016
From
AllAfrica
PrEP, plus increased testing and treatment, could prevent nearly half of HIV infections in gay men in the UK by 2020

A new British mathematical modelling study published in The Lancet HIV has found that adding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for gay men at high risk of HIV to

Published
18 January 2016
By
Gus Cairns
A Bill Gates backed fund is investing in an Aussie HIV testing company

The US based Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), which was set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and investment bank JPMorgan in 2013, will hand Sydney based Atomo Diagnostics fresh funds as it seeks to scale up production of its self testing devices, expand its sales activities and the commercial rollout of its products in developing countries.

Published
14 January 2016
From
Sydney Morning Herald
Annual testing and scale-up of PrEP could slow the Dutch gay HIV epidemic

Phylogenetic analysis of the source of HIV infections in Dutch gay men over more than a decade shows that 71% acquired HIV from a man who was

Published
07 January 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Undetectable & Low-level HIV Viral Replication

Even people who are adherent to their medication regimens may experience occasional “blips” in their viral loads, experience viral rebound or maintain a steady, if low, viral load above undetectable levels. To understand why some people struggle to achieve or remain undetectable, we spoke with Keith Henry, MD, an HIV specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center who has more than 25 years of experience caring for people with HIV.

Published
06 January 2016
From
BETA blog
HIV Education That Aims to Empower, Not Shame

“We needed a coordinated media strategy and it needed really to focus less on fear-based messaging and more on empowering people,” said John Sapero, office chief for H.I.V. prevention for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Published
28 December 2015
From
New York Times
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