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England: Sexual Health Checks Fall By Almost 250,000 As Services Suffer Severe Cuts

Sexual and reproductive health checks have fallen by 245,000 in three years, amid “swingeing” cuts to the vital services, new figures published by the Labour party show. Spending on the facilities by local authorities fell by £56 million over the past five years, according to House of Commons library data.

Published
14 May 2019
From
Huffington Post
Rate of undiagnosed HIV remains high among black African heterosexuals in London

The rate of undiagnosed HIV infection among heterosexual black Africans living in London remains unacceptably high, according to research published in JAMA Network Open. Oral testing showed that over

Published
14 May 2019
By
Michael Carter
Abbott gets WHO prequalification for point-of-care HIV test

The World Health Organization has granted prequalification to Abbot's point-of-care test of HIV viral load. WHO's action confirms the diagnostic, m-PIMA HIV-1/2 VL, meets its quality, safety and efficacy standards, potentially giving ministries of health and other funders the confidence to buy the test. Abbott said the diagnostic can expand access to viral load testing in resource-limited settings and, by extension, improve management of HIV.

Published
12 May 2019
From
Med Tech Drive
Confidentiality breaches, stigma and a lack of time are stopping men in Côte d’Ivoire from getting tested and treated for HIV

Interviews with men in Côte d’Ivoire reveal radical differences in the perceptions of those who do and don’t access care. Research, published in PLOS ONE, found many of the worries of men out of care are not reflected in the experiences of those with regular contact with services. Men’s perceptions were linked with their level of engagement with HIV care, with men who have regular contact with HIV testing and treatment services displaying more positive attitudes than those with little or no contact with such services. The paper can be seen at https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0211385

Published
24 April 2019
From
AVERT
Thailand: Self-test kits for HIV now available at pharmacies

Thanks to the latest move by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), people no longer have to visit a medical centre to undergo an HIV test. If they are worried that they may be infected, people can just buy a self-test kit from a pharmacy and check on their own.

Published
23 April 2019
From
The Nation
Xpert testing to find TB in people with advanced HIV at diagnosis saves lives, study finds

A study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases this week confirms that patients newly diagnosed with HIV who were screened for TB with Xpert technology had higher survival rates in the year that followed than those screened with a point-of-care test using flourescent light-emitting microscopy.

Published
08 April 2019
From
Science Speaks
Australia's first HIV self-testing device goes on sale today

Australia's first approved HIV self-testing device goes on sale today, allowing those who think they've been exposed to HIV to test themselves at home.

Published
04 April 2019
From
QNews
First year of PrEP in Scotland: more users than expected, few dropouts, few HIV infections

The recent report on the first year of the implementation of  pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland concludes: “Year one has

Published
02 April 2019
By
Gus Cairns
US: The Porn Industry Is Rethinking How It Works With HIV Positive Performers

In late January, tucked away in a fluorescent-lit conference room at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, dozens of porn industry insiders gathered for a panel on the latest in HIV research.It was a lightning rod for industry debates around HIV, sex worker rights, and homophobia because it raised the possibility of introducing a testing system that meets the needs of performers with HIV.

Published
27 March 2019
From
Jezebel
US: 80% of new HIV cases transmitted by undiagnosed or untreated people

In 2016, more than 80% of new HIV infections in the United States were transmitted by individuals who either did not know they were infected with HIV or had been diagnosed but were not receiving care, according to data released on the first day of the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta.

Published
19 March 2019
From
Healio

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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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