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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
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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)
A low CD4 cell count despite viral suppression with HIV treatment is associated with a big increase in mortality risk

A low CD4 cell count is associated with increased mortality risk, even if people are taking virologically effective HIV therapy, an international team of investigators report in the

Published
14 February 2014
By
Michael Carter
Dean Street Express launched

The team from NHS sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street are launching a new service which allows gay men to walk in for a routine sexual health check up and get all their results within six hours. Users are given a self-test kit to take their own swab tests for gonorrhoea and chlamydia in a private screening room. They then see a nurse for blood and 60-second HIV testing.

Published
12 February 2014
From
Out in the City
Overcoming barriers to partner notification of HIV

Overcoming barriers to partner notification of HIVMedical Xpress(Medical Xpress)—Among the most difficult barriers to preventing the spread of HIV are those that hamper the notification of sexual and needle-sharing partners that they have been exposed to the infection. In a new study, Yale researchers investigate ...

Published
05 February 2014
From
Medical Xpress

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