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Heart attack risk in people with HIV may be falling – but not in women

A number of studies at last week’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) examined whether people with HIV had an elevated risk of heart attack and

Published
10 March 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Is the UK prepared for HIV home testing kits?

In a little over four weeks, it will be legal to pop into the supermarket, buy an HIV home testing kit and within 20 minutes of using it at home, get a result.

Published
10 March 2014
From
Herald Scotland
Self-testing encourages very high uptake of HIV testing in Malawi study

A community-based self-testing programme achieved 76% uptake of HIV testing in urban Malawi, with very high accuracy of test reading and linkage to care, researchers from Malawi,

Published
07 March 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
US: More MSM Get Tested for HIV, and More of Them Take Meds

Among gay and bisexual men, there has been a rise in the rate of those testing for HIV as well as in the rate of those with HIV who are on therapy.

Published
05 March 2014
From
AIDSMeds
Is Viral Load Testing for HIV a Realistic Strategy in Developing Countries?

Are the new WHO recommendations realistic for low-income countries? If not, what needs to be done to achieve better access to technologies for viral load monitoring in resource-poor settings?

Published
28 February 2014
From
PLOS Blogs
TB-HIV news from the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

This edition of HATIP reports on the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held in Paris, 30 October-3 November 2013.

Published
28 February 2014
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HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Older age associated with bigger increases in viral load and falls in CD4 count in patients not taking HIV treatment

Results of a large observational study underline the importance of closely monitoring viral load in HIV-positive patients who have yet to start antiretroviral therapy, especially if they are

Published
27 February 2014
By
Michael Carter
Guidelines for HIV testing in non-specialist settings not being followed in the UK

UK guidelines issued in 2008 concerning HIV testing in general medical and primary care settings are not being followed, results of a meta-analysis published in Sexually Transmitted

Published
24 February 2014
By
Michael Carter
Extra 250,000 HIV tests per year 'would slash rates of infection'

A major report urges the NHS to increase by 125 per cent the number of checks on people at greatest risk from the disease. Terrence Higgins Trust outlines for the first time how HIV targets such as increased screening would cut new infection rates by a third by 2020. The HIV and sexual health charity is also calling on the Government to invest an extra £20 million a year in testing programmes across the UK.

Published
20 February 2014
From
Evening Standard
Roche announces launch of the Dual Target HIV-1 Qualitative Test in markets accepting the CE mark

The new test will help increase access for early infant HIV diagnosis and makes sample collection and transportation easy, including in rural areas.

Published
18 February 2014
From
PR Newswire (press release)

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