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Care programme improves clinic attendance and rates of virologic suppression among vulnerable HIV-positive patients in New York

Enrolment in a comprehensive care co-ordination programme significantly improves levels of engagement with HIV care and virologic suppression in vulnerable HIV-positive adults, according to research published in the

Published
14 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
Why barriers at the UK border won’t work for HIV

No one is going to set up booths with testing kits at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, let alone at the Channel ports

Published
10 October 2014
From
The Guardian
HIV treatment roll-out has had only a modest impact on mortality in Lusaka, Zambia

The scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) programmes in Lusaka, Zambia, has been accompanied by only modest reductions in the city’s mortality rates, investigators report in the Bulletin of the

Published
09 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
Trust, Intimacy, and HIV Testing

A recent study conducted by Stephenson and colleagues finds that partnered men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to get regular HIV tests than MSM who are single. Among a sample of 404 partnered HIV-negative men, less than half (49%) reported getting tested at least once a year, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partnered MSM are also much more likely than single MSM to engage in anal intercourse without condoms. And, estimates show that as many as three-quarters of HIV infections among MSM in the U.S. happen in the context of primary relationships.

Published
08 October 2014
From
BETA blog
Northern Ireland Health Minister announces consultation on HIV self-testing kits

Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has announced a consultation on removing the ban on HIV self-testing kits in the province. The ban was lifted in England, Wales and Scotland in April this year.

Published
02 October 2014
From
Pink News
Thai patients to receive free HIV drugs, regardless of CD4 count

The Thai Public Health Ministry has started distributing free antiretroviral drugs to all HIV patients in a move to expand treatment coverage and place them under the state's monitoring system. Previously, HIV patients would receive the drugs only if their number of CD4 cells — which mark the presence of HIV antibodies — decreased to 350, compared with 500 in normal people. From Wednesday, all HIV patients would have access to the drugs without the need for a CD4 count, Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharas said on Wednesday.

Published
02 October 2014
From
Bangkok Post
The Impact of Faith-Based Organisations on Public Health and Social Capital

As a network of faith-based organisations, FaithAction knows that there are many faith groups up and down the country doing health-related work in their communities. However, the value of this work is in danger of not being recognised, both by the groups themselves and by policymakers, in large part because there is a lack of evidence around what is taking place and its effectiveness.

Published
01 October 2014
From
Faith Action
Late diagnosis of HIV blamed on Coalition's health reforms

Health experts are reporting disturbing increases in the number of people being diagnosed late with the HIV virus in England. They warn that healthcare reforms, which, they say, have "fragmented" a previously "seamless sexual health service", may be a major reason for the delays, and have called for an investigation.

Published
29 September 2014
From
The Independent
HIV testing and black Africans in the UK

Dr Iain Reeves and Dr Richard Ma discuss the role of HIV testing in black Africans in the UK.

Published
29 September 2014
From
GP online
Landmark HIV diagnostic access program will save $150m and help achieve new global goals on HIV

Roche today announced a major Global Access Program to sharply lower the price of HIV viral load tests in low- and middle-income countries. This new initiative creates a ceiling price of US$ 9.40 per test, and will reduce Roche’s average price by more than 40% in low- and middle-income countries. When fully implemented, the Global Access Program is projected to save more than US$ 150 million in costs over the next five years.

Published
29 September 2014
From
UNAIDs press release

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