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Is the UK meeting its national guidelines for HIV testing of MSM?

The potential role of frequent HIV testing in curbing the HIV epidemic among the MSM population has long been recognized. The introduction of the strategy of ‘opt-out’ testing in the UK (2007), as in other countries at around the same time, brought a steep rise in testing, followed by stabilization (McDaid & Hart (STIs); Saxton […]

Published
10 May 2016
From
BMJ Group blogs
Why We're Missing Some Acute HIV Diagnoses

A test for acute HIV infection should be offered to those who report having symptoms within the last two weeks, not just those experiencing them at the time of testing, a new study suggests.

Published
04 May 2016
From
MD Magazine
The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not only does it thrust all culpability onto those living with HIV, it also promotes a narrative that being infected with HIV chemically changes our moral fiber and transforms us into abusive monsters.

Published
28 April 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
Sub-Saharan women using modern contraceptives more likely to be HIV tested

Women in sub-Saharan Africa who use modern contraceptives are more likely to be tested for HIV than those who do not, according to a study published April 25, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Katherine Center from the University of Arizona and colleagues.

Published
27 April 2016
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
First data on uptake of HIV self-testing in the UK

Between April 2015 and February 2016, almost 28,000 people have paid £29.95 for a kit allowing them to test for HIV at home, according to a presentation

Published
26 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Opt-out HIV testing in a hospital emergency department may cost less than managing two patients with undiagnosed HIV

Opt-out HIV testing in accident and emergency departments in areas of high HIV prevalence is likely to save NHS trusts money by avoiding expensive in-patient admissions for

Published
26 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody
China promotes self-testing kits to boost HIV battle

China is to make HIV self-testing kits more widely available in an attempt to diagnose as many people as possible and provide them with timely treatment. The development was disclosed by the nation's leading AIDS specialist in an exclusive interview with China Daily.

Published
25 April 2016
From
China.org.cn
Model suggests there are fewer people with HIV in the US than thought, and more of them on therapy

A study comparing recorded diagnoses of HIV with subsequent records of viral load and CD4 tests suggests that the number of people with HIV in the

Published
20 April 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Indian study proves that more people virally suppressed in a population equals fewer HIV infections

The proportion of people living with HIV in a population who have a detectable viral load is much more strongly associated with the rate of

Published
06 April 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Simple outreach on dating websites increases HIV testing rate

A simple online outreach intervention – in which a health educator engaged in conversation and responded to questions about HIV testing on dating and hook-up websites for

Published
05 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody

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