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Millions should be offered routine HIV testing, NICE and Public Health England say on World Aids Day

HIV testing should be offered in A&Es and GP practices depending on local HIV prevalence, says NICE in new guidance.

Published
02 December 2016
From
NICE
There may be fewer people living with undiagnosed HIV in the UK than previously thought

Public Health England’s estimate of the number of people who have HIV without being aware of it has been lowered, for the second year running. However, this

Published
01 December 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Ending the HIV epidemic faces daunting barriers, former WHO HIV chief warns

The difficulty of bringing the HIV epidemic “down to zero” should not be underestimated, Kevin de Cock, former director of HIV for the World Health Organization (WHO),

Published
30 November 2016
By
Gus Cairns
World Health Organization urges scale-up of HIV self-testing

HIV self-testing (sometimes called ‘home testing’) should be offered as an additional approach to HIV testing services, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends in new guidelines issued

Published
29 November 2016
By
Roger Pebody
In 1983, I Used A False Name To Get Tested For HIV - Today, It’s Something To Be Proud Of

The challenges we face are two-fold. One, we need to make HIV testing as accessible as possible and stop relying on people proactively visiting a clinic - we will never reach everyone this way. Two, we must normalise testing.

Published
21 November 2016
From
Huffington Post
One man’s story of what it is like to find out he has HIV and how it’s not a death sentence

Alex, 27, a marketing account director, has given a candid interview about his experience with HIV. He was diagnosed at the age of 23 and gave us this frank and emotional account of life before HIV, that dreadful day of diagnosis, and how he’s now living a normal life.

Published
21 November 2016
From
Metro
Self-sampling for HIV testing popular with gay men who have not recently tested, but less uptake by African people

Three quarters of those using England’s free self-sampling service are men who have sex with men, with the service particularly popular among younger men and men who

Published
15 November 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Reuters–along with many other news sites–parrots erroneous news release on HIV testing via USB stick

This Reuters story draws readers in with news that scientists have developed a quick HIV test on a USB stick, which could be useful in the developing world. The story confuses the effectiveness of the traditional, test tube-based method with that of the experimental USB stick test that researchers hope will replace it, ultimately overstating the latter’s sensitivity. The reason this happened is because it seems to be based entirely on a news release, which also seems to misunderstand the study’s design.

Published
15 November 2016
From
Health News Review
bioLytical Launches World's Fastest HIV Self Test in UK

With one finger prick and a single drop of blood, the INSTI HIV Self Test provides instant results and is over 99% accurate. With other home tests, individuals must wait 15 to 20 minutes (after the test is conducted) for a result to be produced or several days or weeks in the case of laboratory tests.

Published
15 November 2016
From
bioLytical press release
HIV test performed on USB stick

The device, created by scientists at Imperial College London and DNA Electronics, uses a drop of blood to detect HIV, and then creates an electrical signal that can be read by a computer, laptop or handheld device. The disposable test could be used for HIV patients to monitor their own treatment.

Published
11 November 2016
From
Imperial College
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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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