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IDWeek 2014: Social Network Strategies Encourage HIV Testing

Face-to-face social networking among peers is a more effective and proactive way to identify people with HIV infection than standard counseling, testing, and referral methods, according to study findings presented yesterday at the IDWeek 2014 conference in Philadelphia. In an analysis of 45 sites in Wisconsin, researchers found that social networking strategies identified a higher proportion of people who tested HIV positive than traditional methods.

Published
20 October 2014
From
HIVandhepatitis.com
Farage's "people of quality"

Nigel Farage is simply exploiting both people living with HIV, and the stigma attached to HIV, for his own political gains. If he whips up a little furore to scare the public about HIV, whilst Ebola is in the news, he thinks he’ll have the public eating out of his hands. Don’t believe his poisonous lies, don’t let him have his way.

Published
16 October 2014
From
Beyond Positive
Targeted adherence measures and viral load monitoring needed to improve retention in South African ART programme

Of the people living with HIV in South Africa who are eligible to start antiretroviral therapy (ART), only 57% are in care and only 37% of

Published
16 October 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Care programme improves clinic attendance and rates of virologic suppression among vulnerable HIV-positive patients in New York

Enrolment in a comprehensive care co-ordination programme significantly improves levels of engagement with HIV care and virologic suppression in vulnerable HIV-positive adults, according to research published in the

Published
14 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
Why barriers at the UK border won’t work for HIV

No one is going to set up booths with testing kits at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, let alone at the Channel ports

Published
10 October 2014
From
The Guardian
HIV treatment roll-out has had only a modest impact on mortality in Lusaka, Zambia

The scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) programmes in Lusaka, Zambia, has been accompanied by only modest reductions in the city’s mortality rates, investigators report in the Bulletin of the

Published
09 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
Trust, Intimacy, and HIV Testing

A recent study conducted by Stephenson and colleagues finds that partnered men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to get regular HIV tests than MSM who are single. Among a sample of 404 partnered HIV-negative men, less than half (49%) reported getting tested at least once a year, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partnered MSM are also much more likely than single MSM to engage in anal intercourse without condoms. And, estimates show that as many as three-quarters of HIV infections among MSM in the U.S. happen in the context of primary relationships.

Published
08 October 2014
From
BETA blog
Northern Ireland Health Minister announces consultation on HIV self-testing kits

Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has announced a consultation on removing the ban on HIV self-testing kits in the province. The ban was lifted in England, Wales and Scotland in April this year.

Published
02 October 2014
From
Pink News
Thai patients to receive free HIV drugs, regardless of CD4 count

The Thai Public Health Ministry has started distributing free antiretroviral drugs to all HIV patients in a move to expand treatment coverage and place them under the state's monitoring system. Previously, HIV patients would receive the drugs only if their number of CD4 cells — which mark the presence of HIV antibodies — decreased to 350, compared with 500 in normal people. From Wednesday, all HIV patients would have access to the drugs without the need for a CD4 count, Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharas said on Wednesday.

Published
02 October 2014
From
Bangkok Post
The Impact of Faith-Based Organisations on Public Health and Social Capital

As a network of faith-based organisations, FaithAction knows that there are many faith groups up and down the country doing health-related work in their communities. However, the value of this work is in danger of not being recognised, both by the groups themselves and by policymakers, in large part because there is a lack of evidence around what is taking place and its effectiveness.

Published
01 October 2014
From
Faith Action
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