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Implementing viral load testing in resource-limited settings: one size does not fit all

Routine viral load can be done in low-resource settings, Helen Bygrave of Médecins Sans Frontières' Southern African Medical Unit told the 17th International Conference on Aids and Sexually

Published
19 December 2013
By
Mara Kardas-Nelson
Finding new ways to make viral load testing cheaper

As the number of people receiving HIV treatment rises, and more people become eligible for treatment, the prohibitive cost of viral load tests will have to come down, and donors should use their purchasing power to push for better prices, said medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a report released at the 17th International AIDS Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa.

Published
13 December 2013
From
IRIN
IPRs An Issue In Latest HIV Treatment Monitoring Test, Group Says

Intellectual property rights represent a hurdle to lower-priced, high quality tests of HIV treatment monitoring in developing countries, public health group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors without Borders) said today.

Published
11 December 2013
From
Intellectual Property Watch
NAM prevention survey results: testing underestimated, support for treatment as prevention, reservations about PrEP

A survey of beliefs and opinions on HIV prevention options, conducted by NAM as part of a programme of European HIV prevention work, has found that respondents believed

Published
09 December 2013
By
Gus Cairns
US porn industry faces shutdown after another actor tests positive for HIV

Filming set to stop for third time in a year, as performers' group says latest case is apparently not linked to recent positive tests

Published
09 December 2013
From
The Guardian
Severity of HIV seroconversion illness associated with subsequent disease progression

Severity of symptoms during primary HIV infection (PHI) is associated with subsequent disease progression, results of a study published in PLoS One show. People who had severe

Published
05 December 2013
By
Michael Carter
UK: Doctors 'not following' HIV guidance

Medical professionals and a sexual health charity say some doctors in parts of the UK are failing to follow testing guidelines for HIV. Staff from Britain's largest NHS trust, Barts Health, say clinicians in areas where infection rates are higher than average are not offering tests routinely, as recommended.

Published
04 December 2013
From
BBC Newsbeat
Swazi PM takes public HIV test, check-up

Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini arrived at the Mbabane government hospital without his undisclosed fiancée for blood test yesterday. This was after the premier was challenged by HIV/AIDS activist Hannie Dlamini to go for an HIV test and urged him to do so with his fiancée.

Published
03 December 2013
From
Swazi Observer
English Public Health Minister: Gay men need to be aware of HIV and testing is essential

In an exclusive interview with PinkNews, Public Health Minister Jane Ellison says she’s in favour of looking at new ways for gay and bisexual men to test for HIV, such as in gyms and bars, because she wants testing to become an “ordinary mainstream activity”.

Published
02 December 2013
From
Pink News
Malawi's success story in reducing HIV infection

Through dispensing antiretroviral drugs and monitoring their effectiveness, Malawi has slashed deaths and infection rates

Published
02 December 2013
From
The Guardian

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