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Different community HIV testing and counselling approaches reach different populations in rural Africa

Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided, depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Medical News Today
Malawi to Conduct Door-to-Door HIV Testing

The announcement has raised fears in some Malawians, such as Steven Jailosi, a primary school teacher in rural Blantyre, who feel the campaign will likely infringe upon people’s privacy.

Published
16 December 2014
From
Voice of America
New HIV diagnoses in MSM in high-income countries

The UK and Australia have experienced recent all-time highs in new HIV diagnoses in MSM, however in Canada and New Zealand, diagnoses are stable. Tony Kirby reports.

Published
15 December 2014
From
The Lancet Infectious Diseases (requires free registration)
AIDS Response Is Leaving African Men Behind

Mention gender inequality in AIDS and the fact that  more women than men live with HIV pops up. But another, rarely spoken about gendered difference is proving lethal to men with HIV. Research reveals that, across Africa, men have lower rates of HIV testing, enrollment on antiretroviral treatment, adherence, viral load suppression and survival, than women.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Issue Brief: Achieving undetectable: what questions remain in scaling-up HIV virologic treatment monitoring?

Although the majority of developing countries do not yet offer viral load testing on a routine basis, the use of HIV viral load monitoring is rapidly gathering pace in most developing countries. Which questions remain in further scaling up this gold standard for HIV treatment monitoring in these countries? Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is releasing Achieving Undetectable, the latest in a series of issue briefs and reports on access to viral load monitoring in resource-limited settings.

Published
15 December 2014
From
MSF
FDA OKs Wider Use of Rapid Test That Better Detects Early HIV

The FDA has granted permission for more widespread use of a rapid test that can detect HIV earlier after infection than standard antibody tests. 

Published
12 December 2014
From
AIDSMeds
HIV most often passed on by younger gay men who have undiagnosed HIV, are not on treatment, and have an ongoing partnership

A modelling study based on the UK’s HIV epidemic among gay men estimates that two-thirds of infections originate in men with undiagnosed HIV, 85% in men who

Published
11 December 2014
By
Roger Pebody
HIV has become more virulent over time, not less, European study finds

The largest cohort study ever to look at CD4 count and viral loads in HIV-positive people around the time of diagnosis has found evidence that HIV, at

Published
10 December 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Sophisticated HIV diagnostics adapted for remote areas

Diagnosing HIV and other infectious diseases presents unique challenges in remote locations that lack electric power, refrigeration, and appropriately trained health care staff. To address these issues, researchers have developed a low-cost, electricity-free device capable of detecting the DNA of infectious pathogens, including HIV-1.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
Can the Adult Film Industry Lead the Way on HIV?

When I propose that adult film performers can be looked at as an exemplar for safer sex and sexual health, I'm not being glib. While sex is never 100 percent safe, our protocols -- regular testing, discussions of sexual health without fear or shame, prevention methods that reflect real-life sexual behavior -- would be a vast improvement over what the general population uses now. Our industry has often been at the forefront of new technologies and new freedoms. Why not sexual health?

Published
08 December 2014
From
Huffington Post
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