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HIV testing among older adults is declining, despite CDC recommendation

In 2006 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that most doctors should automatically screen all their patients, including older adults, for HIV even if they don't exhibit any symptoms. New research from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health finds that despite this recommendation, testing among older adults has largely fallen over time.

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8 hours ago
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
3 Reasons Gay Teen Boys Don’t Get Tested for HIV

HIV rates are increasing among young men who have sex with men (MSM), but only one in five gay male teenagers have been tested for the virus, according to findings of a study by Northwestern University and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research.

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8 hours ago
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Poz
Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over their Condition

Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to manage their infection, prevent transmission to their new baby and enter a long-term pattern of maintenance of HIV care after giving birth—but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance. That is the major message from a pair of new studies in Philadelphia, one published early online this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and the other published in July in PLOS ONE.

Published
26 August 2015
From
Drexel Now
Russian Lawmakers Advocate Mandatory HIV Testing Plan For Couples Seeking To Marry

The healthcare committee of Russia’s legislative body Duma Wednesday supported a suggestion that would require mandatory HIV testing for all couples seeking to get married.

Published
14 August 2015
From
International Business Times
We can eliminate HIV by 2030. Regular testing is a crucial part of the solution

The big announcement out of the Aids conference in Vancouver last month was that early treatment of HIV is better than delayed treatment, with half the rate of death and complications. When I was discussing it with a patient shortly after, he was surprised that this counted as news. My patient’s surprise was understandable. Current guidelines recommend early treatment, even though we didn’t have the proof. Now we have it, and this long-awaited evidence tells us more than how to treat individual patients, like the ones I work with as an HIV specialist. It tells us it’s time to talk about eliminating the virus altogether. We can do this by making annual HIV testing a standard practice.

Published
10 August 2015
From
The Guardian
Riding On Miamis HIV-Testing Party Van

With drag queen recruiters and a Britney Spears soundtrack, Miami’s HIV-testing van is doing serious work for the city’s at-risk communities.

Published
10 August 2015
From
Daily Beast
HIVTestUK pilot project launches in Birmingham

The HIV awareness-raising charity Saving Lives, Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service and the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Pathology laboratories, have come together to launch HIVTestUK. This brand new service offers users direct access to NHS quality self-testing HIV kits, expert analysis and a unique aftercare service.

Published
04 August 2015
From
Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service
Retention in pre-ART care can be boosted by monthly visits from volunteer support workers

Retention in HIV care for patients not eligible for antiretroviral therapy (ART) can be boosted by monthly home visits from volunteer community support workers, investigators from Uganda report

Published
04 August 2015
By
Michael Carter
HIV Self-Testing Raises Testing Rate in Randomized Trial of Seattle MSM

Men randomized to HIV self-testing reported significantly more HIV tests through 15 months than men randomized to standard testing in a trial enrolling Seattle men who have sex with men (MSM). Self-testers also acquired fewer sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during this 230-man study.

Published
27 July 2015
From
NATAP
HIV self-testing may help the 'hard to reach' learn their status, but uncertainties remain

HIV self-testing (or ‘home testing’) is likely to have an important place in future global HIV strategies, but at the moment there are significant gaps in the

Published
26 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
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