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Programme to provide free self-tests helps gay men to test for HIV more often

Providing free HIV self-testing kits to gay and bisexual men is an effective way to increase the frequency with which men test for HIV and the number

Published
24 July 2017
By
Roger Pebody
OraSure Technologies Receives World Health Organization Prequalification of OraQuick® HIV Self-Test

OraSure Technologies, Inc., a leader in point of care diagnostic tests and specimen collection devices, today announced that its OraQuick® HIV Self-Test (HIVST) has been Prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Published
22 July 2017
From
Orasure press release
Gates is Still Gunning for HIV. Here's the Latest

One area of focus in the foundation’s five-point strategy is improving diagnostic testing. This area may not sound as critical as ensuring access to antiretroviral medication. In fact, though, improving diagnosis can go a long way toward stopping the spread of HIV.

Published
19 July 2017
From
Inside Philanthropy
Gay men using HIV self-tests promptly seek confirmatory testing and linkage to care, New York data suggests

Data from the partner services programme in New York City suggests that gay men who have previously used an HIV self-test tend to seek confirmatory

Published
17 July 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Viral Rebound Unlikely for Many on ART

British investigators have determined that a substantial proportion of people with HIV who are taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) will not experience viral rebound during their lifetime.

Published
14 July 2017
From
Infectious Disease Special Edition
Do People With HIV Need Annual Physical Examinations?

Are yearly comprehensive physical exams a waste of time in people with HIV, or do higher rates of cancer and other clinical conditions merit more intense screening? Clinical practice guidelines don't put this to rest.

Published
12 July 2017
From
The Body PRO
High uptake of home-based HIV testing in Zambia, but repeat visits needed to get close to universal coverage

Preliminary results from PopART, a large-scale study of a universal test and treat approach to slowing the spread of HIV in southern Africa, show that a door-to-door

Published
11 July 2017
By
Roger Pebody
New HIV self-testing kit study aims to increase diagnosis rates

A new study from UCL, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Public Health England seeks to discover whether providing free HIV self-tests to men, transgender men and transgender women who have sex with men could reduce the number of people who have undiagnosed HIV.

Published
05 July 2017
From
Medical Xpress
Viral load as low as 400 copies/ml six months after starting ART is associated with a significant ten-year mortality risk

A viral load as low as 400 copies/ml six months after starting HIV therapy is associated with a substantial ten-year mortality risk, investigators from the

Published
05 July 2017
By
Michael Carter
Partners of people living with HIV more likely to test when encouraged by health worker

Healthcare workers should help people living with HIV to get their partners to test, says an analysis which informed updated World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.

Published
04 July 2017
From
AVERT

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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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