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The Truth About HIV

Dr Chris van Tulleken explores the latest science around HIV, meeting health professionals, scientists, and individuals affected by it in the UK and South Africa.

Published
26 May 2017
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BBC iPlayer (UK only, available until 24 June)
The 'Charlie Sheen Effect': Surge Seen in HIV Test Sales

Researchers found that, after Sheen announced he had HIV on Nov. 17, 2015, sales of home HIV testing kits doubled in the United States — from about 3,500 kits sold per week prior to the announcement, to 7,000 kits sold the week of the announcement. And this boost in sales continued for several more weeks.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Live Science
Terrence Higgins Trust gives away thousands of HIV home testing kits

Seven volunteers for the charity have shared videos of themselves using the bioLytical INSTI HIV self test kit, which is said to be the world’s fastest.

Published
18 May 2017
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PinkNews
Life expectancy now near-normal in people with CD4 counts over 350 a year after starting therapy

A large study of 88,504 people with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART), published in The Lancet HIV journal and reported widely in the news, has found substantial

Published
15 May 2017
By
Gus Cairns
South Africa: First HIV test approved for home use to hit shelves

BioSURE HIV Self Test is described by its makers as “South Africa’s only CE-marked HIV self-test and the first HIV test approved for use at home without a medical professional”.

Published
12 May 2017
From
The Citizen
Protease inhibitor drug suppresses HIV in semen more slowly than drugs from other classes

Protease inhibitors may not be the best class of drug for people newly diagnosed with HIV to start treatment with, if they wish to quickly

Published
12 May 2017
By
Gus Cairns
New Study Reveals why people with HIV are more likely to develop Emphysema

Up to 30 percent of HIV patients who are appropriately treated with antiretroviral therapies develop the chronic lung disease emphysema in their lifetime. Now, new research from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators has uncovered a mechanism that might explain why this lung damage occurs.

Published
10 May 2017
From
Weill Cornell Medicine
Kenya launches self-test kits and PrEP

The Government of Kenya has reinforced its commitment to end AIDS by 2030 by launching two innovative technologies: self-testing for HIV and PrEP.

Published
05 May 2017
From
UNAIDS
Fear of stigma is prompting young South Africans to seek early HIV treatment

Young South Africans are strongly motivated to seek HIV testing and treatment by a desire to maintain a healthy physical appearance and to appear normal

Published
04 May 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Avoiding false positives: rapid HIV tests vary in their accuracy, so need to be used in combination

An evaluation of eight rapid diagnostic tests widely used in a variety of African countries by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shows that the tests vary

Published
02 May 2017
By
Roger Pebody
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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