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Using 'HIV-Negative' as a Substitution for 'Haven't Been Tested'

An LGBT policy expert confronts his own fear of being tested for HIV: "Why was I so afraid to be tested? I knew enough information to understand that death was not my immediate thought. Quite frankly, though, my biggest fear was not knowing love, but more importantly, I was afraid that love would never know me. So instead of being courageous and facing those fears, I hid and wanted to believe that not knowing would be better than finding out my status."

Published
15 August 2013
From
POZ
Modernisation of HIV rules to better protect public

Public protection against HIV will be strengthened under new plans to help people get diagnosed and treated earlier, Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies announced today.

Published
15 August 2013
From
UK Department of Health
European HIV Testing Week 2013 - Register now!

We are delighted to inform you that plans are underway to introduce a new date in the HIV calendar. HIV in Europe is working towards creating a European HIV Testing week that will raise awareness of the importance of early and regular HIV testing amongst those most at risk in the week ahead of World AIDS Day 2013 – Friday 22 November to Friday 29 November 2013.

Published
13 August 2013
From
HIV Europe
Ugandan App for Pain-Free Malaria Test

Matibabu uses a custom-made portable device called a matiscope, which is connected to a smartphone, to do a rapid diagnostic test. The user’s finger is inserted into the matiscope, and the application uses a red light to penetrate the skin and detect the red blood cells.

Published
13 August 2013
From
Inter Press Service
High prevalence of heart rhythm disturbance among HIV-positive people on methadone maintenance therapy

Spanish investigators have identified a high prevalence of a potentially life-threatening disturbance in heart rhythm among HIV-positive people receiving methadone maintenance therapy. ECG examinations showed that 36% of their

Published
13 August 2013
By
Michael Carter
HIV Home Testing: Not a free cuddly toy

The French and other similar studies point towards the need for a very cautious and structured approach to home testing for HIV and for pilot studies that are culturally and contextually sensitive to be conducted before national roll-out of what could be a costly and lame intervention.

Published
13 August 2013
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HIV Home-Testing Kits: Law Change Proposed

People concerned they might have HIV will soon be able to find out whether or not they are infected in the comfort of their own homes, officials are to announce.

Published
12 August 2013
From
Sky News
CD4 cell count at time of entry to HIV care did not increase significantly between 1992 and 2011

The average CD4 cell count of people newly entering HIV care in resource-rich countries did not increase meaningfully between 1992 and 2011, results of a systematic review published

Published
12 August 2013
By
Michael Carter
HIV Home-Test Kits Could Be Legalised

Officials are planning to change laws so people who are concerned that they might have HIV will soon be able to find out in the comfort of their own homes.

Published
12 August 2013
From
Huffington Post
Integrated services can enhance global HIV, family planning efforts - research shows

A research project that looked into the cost, quality, health benefits and stigma reduction with integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health service delivery in Africa shows that there are benefits to integration.

Published
12 August 2013
From
Africa Science News

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