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Marathon training is safe for people with HIV

Marathon run training is safe for people with HIV, investigators from Germany report in BMC Infectious Diseases. Training also had a number of beneficial effects,

Published
21 September 2017
By
Michael Carter
San Francisco annual report shows continued drop in new HIV infections

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) has released its HIV Epidemiology Annual Report for 2016, showing that the number of new infections continues to decline, with

Published
18 September 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Is DIY HIV testing the latest Cape Town trend?

It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test.

Published
11 September 2017
From
Bhekisisa
Sex Map of Britain 2: Dangerous Infections

BBC Three goes inside the consulting rooms of one of London’s busiest Sexual Health clinics to see if Brits pay enough attention to their sexual health. Diagnosing unexplained pain, HIV tests and removing genital warts are all in a day’s work for the ‘sex doctors’ and nurses at this East London clinic.

Published
07 September 2017
From
BBC (video, UK only)
CDC, San Francisco providers disagree on HIV testing

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reaffirmed its recommendation that sexually active gay and bisexual men should undergo at least annual HIV screening, but some local providers advise more frequent HIV and sexually transmitted disease tests.

Published
07 September 2017
From
Bay Area Reporter
President of Zambia declares HIV testing mandatory

Zambia is moving forward with mandatory HIV testing for all patients who visit government health facilities, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya told The Lancet, confirming President Edgar Lungu's surprise announcement of the new policy in mid-August.

Published
04 September 2017
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The Lancet (free registration required)
HIV cases fall by 40% for second year at top clinic

London's largest sexual health clinic is set to record a huge drop in new HIV cases for a second successive year. 56 Dean Street has now set itself a target of zero new infections after witnessing a two-thirds fall in the number of new diagnoses since 2015.

Published
30 August 2017
From
Evening Standard
Preparation meets opportunity: how 3ie’s stakeholder engagement paid off on HIV self-testing

Initially there was scepticism about the acceptability, usability and safety of self-testing in sub-Saharan Africa. 3ie funded formative research to assess whether self-testing could get more people to test in Kenya. Then, 3ie funded three pilots and their rapid impact evaluations to determine whether offering HIV self-tests to partners of pregnant and post-partum women, and to truck drivers, could get more of them to test for HIV.

Published
30 August 2017
From
Evidence Matters
WHO, UNAIDS statement on HIV testing services: new opportunities and ongoing challenges

The statement says that HIV testing, no matter how it is delivered, must always respect personal choice and adhere to ethical and human rights principles. It makes it clear that WHO and UNAIDS do not recommend mandatory, compulsory or coerced HIV testing of individuals on public health grounds.

Published
29 August 2017
From
UNAIDS
Health or human rights? False dichotomy could fuel a resurgence in forced HIV testing

More than three decades ago, HIV activists fought against mandatory testing. Now an old battle is finding new life.

Published
29 August 2017
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Bhekisisa
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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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