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NHS hospital to carry out 'automatic' tests for HIV when you get a blood test

A&E patients at a London hospital will automatically get tested for HIV when they have blood tests – in a bid to help diagnose people who are unaware of their status. St Thomas’ Hospital will become the first in the UK to take the proactive new approach – which means that standard practice will be to test emergency patients for HIV, as part of routine blood tests.

Published
21 July 2015
From
Pink News
IAS 2015: While “game-changing,” START trial draws “line in the sand” and sets “time a’ ticking” to stop preventable illnesses and death, calls for action are accompanied by questions of impact of inequities, obstacles

Study also showed that most commonly used measure — CD4 count does not give accurate projection of illness risk.

Published
21 July 2015
From
Science Speaks
World Health Organization urges more HIV testing by non-medical staff, outside of clinical settings, targeted to those who need it the most

In addition to recommending that routine HIV testing in medical settings be expanded to reach new groups of patients, the World Health Organization’s new guidance on HIV

Published
20 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Test and treat studies and African countries showing that 90-90-90 targets are achievable

Health services in some African countries including Botswana, Rwanda and Malawi are now providing effective HIV treatment to a greater proportion of their HIV-positive citizens than the

Published
20 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services

The Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services bring together existing guidance relevant to the provision of HIV testing services (HTS) and addresses issues and elements for effective delivery of HTS that are common in a variety of settings, contexts and diverse populations.

Published
19 July 2015
From
World Health Organization
Scientists have the tools to end the HIV epidemic; they just need better ways to use them

In the past, there was a sense that stopping the HIV/AIDS epidemic would require some radically new biomedical intervention, such as a cure or a vaccine. The growing consensus, however, is that the tools needed to stamp out HIV already exist if they could just be used in the right way.

Published
08 July 2015
From
Nature
More than 1 in 8 Americans with HIV unaware

Roughly 87 percent of people in the United States who have HIV have been diagnosed, close to the goal of 90 percent by 2015 set by President Barack Obama as part of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010.

Published
26 June 2015
From
UPI.com
Just Five States Have HIV Diagnosis Rates Over 90 Percent

The CDC has released estimates of the rate of people living with HIV who are aware of their serostatus, broken down by state.

Published
26 June 2015
From
AIDSMeds
Toward Comprehensive HIV Prevention Service Delivery in the United States: An Action Plan

This action plan, based primarily on the proceedings of the two consultations, seeks to define a communityfocused national strategy for integrating historically separate HIV prevention interventions and services— many with established positive effects on individual health outcomes—into needs-driven components of population-based care and support programs.

Published
25 June 2015
From
Treatment Action Group
New Approach on HIV Viral Load Testing

Framework agreements will be established between the Global Fund and seven diagnostic manufacturers which aim to make the market for HIV viral load testing more transparent and competitive, driving cost reductions of up to one third. The agreements should deliver net savings of at least US$30 million over three years to the Global Fund, and potentially much more.

Published
17 June 2015
From
Global Fund

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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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