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Uganda: Men Hire Fake Husbands to Avoid HIV Test

The idea of mandatory testing is entrenched in the HIV and Aids Prevention Control Bill 2009. It provides in article 14: "A pregnant woman and her partner would be subjected to a routine HIV test to prevent transmission to the baby."

Published
04 November 2013
From
AllAfrica
Urgent need to improve sexually transmitted infection screening for MSM in Europe

Across 40 large European cities, less than one third of men who have sex with men (MSM) have been screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the

Published
01 November 2013
By
Roger Pebody
HIV rebound linked to higher baseline level, slower suppression and low-level viraemia

Higher baseline viral load, longer time to viral suppression and low-level viraemia below the level of detection of standard tests raise the risk of viral rebound amongst

Published
31 October 2013
By
Liz Highleyman
WHO and UNAIDS advocate for an initiative to increase access to HIV treatment in the Eastern Mediterranean/Middle East and North Africa regions

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) are jointly campaigning for a new initiative to accelerate HIV testing and treatment coverage in a region where only 15% of the estimated people in need of treatment are receiving it, making it the region with the lowest HIV treatment coverage in the world.

Published
30 October 2013
From
World Health Organization press release
New Rapid Test for Acute HIV Is Now Available in the US

A new rapid test that can detect both HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies as well as a key antigen is now available for use in health care settings.

Published
30 October 2013
From
AIDSMeds
European Union: Potential ban of HIV self-testing kits causes stir

After a European Parliament vote, self-tests will now be available without medical prescription. However, a group of MEPs had tried to maintain a ban on HIV self-tests.

Published
28 October 2013
From
European Public Health Alliance
Pre-test counselling does not reduce sexual risk taking – findings support streamlined HIV testing procedures

A large randomised controlled trial of rapid HIV testing, with or without risk-reduction counselling, has shown that the counselling is unnecessary and that testing can be provided

Published
24 October 2013
By
Roger Pebody
Late testing rates declining in Europe, but largely in gay men

Over Europe as a whole, the proportion of people testing late for HIV decreased between 2002 and 2010, a presentation at the 14th European AIDS Conference in Brussels

Published
24 October 2013
By
Gus Cairns
Australia: HIV rapid test’s lack of sensitivity outweighed by increased testing

HIV rapid point-of-care (POC) testing does not replace standard laboratory testing, but the resulting increase in HIV testing it promotes outweighs any loss of sensitivity, according to speakers at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2013.

Published
23 October 2013
From
Medical Observer
To Prevent HIV Infection, Couples Try Testing Together

Getting tested for HIV in the U.S. is almost always private, sometimes even secretive. Ditto for disclosing the results. But some say the approach is outmoded at a time when many at risk for HIV — gay men — are in committed relationships.

Published
21 October 2013
From
NPR (blog)

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