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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.

11 November 2016
Imperial College
If at First an HIV Viral Load Blips, Test, Test (the Same Sample) Again

If an HIV-positive patient's viral load test results come back between 50 copies/mL and 200 copies/mL, consider retesting the same blood sample, Joseph Eron Jr., M.D., suggests. According to study results he presented at IDWeek 2016 on Oct. 28, the new test result may well show a viral load below 50 copies m/L, potentially altering the choices a clinician makes of how to approach that patient's care.

09 November 2016
The Body Pro
30000 Jamaicans must receive HIV/AIDS treatment to meet WHO guidelines

Jamaica needs to increase the number of people known to be infected with HIV and AIDS who are receiving antiretroviral medication from approximately 9,000 to just over 30,000 – more than triple the current number – in order to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines of “Test and Treat”.

01 November 2016
Jamaica Observer
Only a small proportion of gay men with HIV receive anal cancer screening

In the absence of national screening guidelines, only 11% of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the US received anal pap smears to detect anal cancer or

31 October 2016
Liz Highleyman
Apps and Social Media Can Reach High-Risk HIV Populations

Mobile applications and social media platforms can be cheap and effective ways to deliver messages about HIV testing and adherence to therapy to people at high risk for HIV, experts said here at HIV Drug Therapy 2016.

31 October 2016
Medscape (requires free registration)
Africa has an essential medicines list. Now it needs one for diagnostics

An essential diagnostics list would detail diagnostic tests that should be available to people who need them. These could range from point-of-care tests in physicians’ offices or in pharmacies to high-complexity tests in reference laboratories. The end result would be a health system where people were more accurately diagnosed and treated, where disease outbreaks could be identified earlier, and diagnostic tests performed according to a high standard.

27 October 2016
The Conversation
Hospitals and GP practices fail to check for HIV

An investigation by BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme found that 82% of hospitals in high-prevalence areas in England were not offering HIV tests in accordance with British HIV Association guidelines. And 70% of local authorities in high prevalence areas in England do not fund all GP surgeries to test patients.

12 October 2016
Cochrane says: Chlamydia screening may have very limited impact, but more research is needed

There is a strong rationale for systematic Chlamydia screening, and it is widely recommended and practised. Yet there are harms associated with the screening process, and, of course, serious concerns about its cost-effectiveness. This lends urgency to the question of whether Chlamydia screening works – addressed in a recently published systematic review for the Cochrane Database.

04 October 2016
BMJ Group blogs
Kenyan churches demand HIV test for couples wanting to marry

Some Kenyan churches are demanding premarital HIV testing before weddings, a trend activists warn is infringing on the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS.

03 October 2016
The Catholic Register
Governor of California signs law requiring education about HIV-preventing PrEP drugs

Governor of California Jerry Brown today signed a law introducing education about PrEP into the standard routine for those undergoing HIV tests.

30 September 2016
Pink News

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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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