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Self-testing for HIV in low-income, high-incidence countries could save money, could improve outcomes . . . but it’s complicated, analysis finds

Introducing self-testing in a country like Zimbabwe, where HIV incidence is high, resources to confront HIV are limited, and only about half the people who live with HIV know they have the virus, could save about $75 million over the next 20 years, with some health benefits, besides. That would make the self-testing more cost-effective than the current situation.

Published
10 April 2015
From
Science Speaks
Still refusing to date HIV+ guys? Here’s why you could be putting your health at risk

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

Published
09 April 2015
From
Gaystar News
Czech human rights advocates up in arms over proposal to make HIV testing compulsory for high-risk groups

The Czech Health Ministry is pushing a proposed amendment to the law on public health which would make HIV testing compulsory for some people in high risk groups. While the ministry argues that this is to curb the spread of the disease and ensure early treatment, human rights advocates say it would mean a serious breach of human rights.

Published
09 April 2015
From
Radio Prague
Six in ten US HIV infections are transmitted by people who know they have HIV but are not in care

The majority of HIV in the USA is transmitted by people who know they have HIV but are not in care, a study recently published in

Published
07 April 2015
By
Gus Cairns
An alternative service design for sexual health

We’ve just launched SH:24, a new 24/7 sexual health service that offers free self-testing and rapid results by text message to people in Lambeth and Southwark. Our boroughs have some of the highest rates of acute STIs nationwide and large populations of risk groups, including young people and black and minority communities.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity
Chinese study sheds light on how well treatment may work as prevention in the real world

A study from the Henan province of China published recently shows that antiretroviral therapy (ART) may not be as effective at suppressing HIV and preventing onward transmission

Published
01 April 2015
By
Gus Cairns
FRAX fracture prediction tool underestimates fracture risk in people with HIV

The Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX), an online tool developed by the World Health Organization and used to help guide decisions about who to screen or treat

Published
18 March 2015
By
Theo Smart
Screening may miss pre-cancerous anal lesions in women with HIV

Existing algorithms to screen for anal cancer in women living with HIV could be missing many cases of anal high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) – abnormal tissue

Published
12 March 2015
By
Theo Smart
HIV home-testing kit awaiting approval from Australia's drug regulator

Researchers hope an oral HIV test will be approved by Australia’s drug regulator for home use, saying it would curb infection rates by diagnosing people earlier so they can take steps to prevent spreading the virus.

Published
10 March 2015
From
The Guardian
Does HIV make you fat? Study connects viral load with fat gains

HIV infection, or inflammatory changes associated with it, may be responsible for fat accumulation and body fat redistribution, rather than HIV drugs, the Conference on Retroviruses and

Published
06 March 2015
By
Gus Cairns

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