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Patients with severe mental illnesses slip between cracks in HIV testing

People with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression with psychosis may be up to 15 more likely than the general population to be HIV positive, but are only marginally more likely to be tested for the virus, according to a study headed by UC San Francisco.

Published
18 January 2017
From
Medical Xpress
DIY test for HIV comes to a pharmacy near you

For R59.95 South Africans can now purchase an HIV testing kit from a local pharmacy and screen themselves for infection in the privacy of their homes – effectively by-passing the health system altogether.

Published
17 January 2017
From
Health-e
People taking ART in the UK have an accurate understanding of their viral load

The vast majority of people taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the UK have an accurate knowledge of their current viral load (VL) level, investigators report

Published
16 January 2017
By
Michael Carter
London doctors on verge of defeating HIV thanks to new programme

London doctors believe they could be on course to defeat HIV after a dramatic fall in the number of new infections, the Standard can reveal. An early intervention programme imported from San Francisco has seen a 42 per cent reduction in new cases of HIV at 56 Dean Street in Soho, the biggest sexual health clinic in Europe.

Published
11 January 2017
From
London Evening Standard
Nearly two-thirds of European HIV cases are now in Russia

The annual number of new cases of HIV increased by at least 8% in 2015 in the whole of the World Health Organization (WHO) European region,

Published
09 January 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Health Matters: Your questions on increasing the uptake of HIV testing

Questions from health professionals and answers from Public Health England.

Published
04 January 2017
From
Public Health England
Viral load testing capacity still weak in sub-Saharan Africa, 7-country study finds

Viral load testing capacity is still weak in some of the countries with the highest burden of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa and needs urgent improvement, according

Published
04 January 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care

Scientists in France have recently noted that while the cascade of HIV care as it is currently envisaged is useful, it does not provide a complete picture of what is occurring in the continuum of care. There are significant delays moving from one step of the cascade to the next - more attention needs to be placed on the time people spend between each stage of the continuum of care.

Published
03 January 2017
From
CATIE
Every missed HIV diagnosis is a failure of care

Response from Professor Chloe Orkin, chair of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), to an article discouraging GPs from offering HIV testing.

Published
24 December 2016
From
Pulse
The UK’s largest sexual health clinic saw a 40% drop in new HIV infections this year

The clinic at 56 Dean Street in Soho, central London, the largest sexual health clinic in the UK, saw an unprecedented 40% drop in new HIV diagnoses

Published
22 December 2016
By
Gus Cairns

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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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