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First HIV home test approved for sale in UK

The BioSure HIV Self Test, designed to be used by untrained users at home was granted a CE mark yesterday, making it the first HIV

Published
24 April 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Cepheid announces European approval of Xpert HCV Viral Load

Quantitative test for rapid measurement of hepatitis C virus viral load and confirmation of HCV infection delivers on-demand results in less than 2 hours.

Published
16 April 2015
From
Cepheid press release
Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk. Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged.

Published
15 April 2015
From
AIDS.gov
Policy of Mandatory HIV Testing of Sex Workers Repealed in Greece

According to a report at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on the 2nd of April, repealed the health regulation used to justify roundups and forced HIV testing of people alleged to be sex workers.

Published
15 April 2015
From
Global Network of Sex Work Projects
Annual CD4 count monitoring may be sufficient for people doing well on HIV treatment

Annual CD4 count monitoring may be sufficient for people taking antiretroviral treatment who have a suppressed viral load and a CD4 count above 250 cells/mm3, investigators report

Published
15 April 2015
By
Michael Carter
'This is what it's really like to live with HIV'

The number of young men being diagnosed with HIV has doubled in ten years; the number of new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men has reached a record high, according to the most recent data. The virus is rarely out of the news, and yet, because of continuing developments in treatment, few of us understand what life with the condition is like now. Three young men, all diagnosed in their 20s, talk about living with the virus.

Published
10 April 2015
From
Daily Telegraph
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

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