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World Health Organization urges scale-up of HIV self-testing

HIV self-testing (sometimes called ‘home testing’) should be offered as an additional approach to HIV testing services, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends in new guidelines issued

Published
29 November 2016
By
Roger Pebody
In 1983, I Used A False Name To Get Tested For HIV - Today, It’s Something To Be Proud Of

The challenges we face are two-fold. One, we need to make HIV testing as accessible as possible and stop relying on people proactively visiting a clinic - we will never reach everyone this way. Two, we must normalise testing.

Published
21 November 2016
From
Huffington Post
One man’s story of what it is like to find out he has HIV and how it’s not a death sentence

Alex, 27, a marketing account director, has given a candid interview about his experience with HIV. He was diagnosed at the age of 23 and gave us this frank and emotional account of life before HIV, that dreadful day of diagnosis, and how he’s now living a normal life.

Published
21 November 2016
From
Metro
Self-sampling for HIV testing popular with gay men who have not recently tested, but less uptake by African people

Three quarters of those using England’s free self-sampling service are men who have sex with men, with the service particularly popular among younger men and men who

Published
15 November 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Reuters–along with many other news sites–parrots erroneous news release on HIV testing via USB stick

This Reuters story draws readers in with news that scientists have developed a quick HIV test on a USB stick, which could be useful in the developing world. The story confuses the effectiveness of the traditional, test tube-based method with that of the experimental USB stick test that researchers hope will replace it, ultimately overstating the latter’s sensitivity. The reason this happened is because it seems to be based entirely on a news release, which also seems to misunderstand the study’s design.

Published
15 November 2016
From
Health News Review
bioLytical Launches World's Fastest HIV Self Test in UK

With one finger prick and a single drop of blood, the INSTI HIV Self Test provides instant results and is over 99% accurate. With other home tests, individuals must wait 15 to 20 minutes (after the test is conducted) for a result to be produced or several days or weeks in the case of laboratory tests.

Published
15 November 2016
From
bioLytical press release
HIV test performed on USB stick

The device, created by scientists at Imperial College London and DNA Electronics, uses a drop of blood to detect HIV, and then creates an electrical signal that can be read by a computer, laptop or handheld device. The disposable test could be used for HIV patients to monitor their own treatment.

Published
11 November 2016
From
Imperial College
If at First an HIV Viral Load Blips, Test, Test (the Same Sample) Again

If an HIV-positive patient's viral load test results come back between 50 copies/mL and 200 copies/mL, consider retesting the same blood sample, Joseph Eron Jr., M.D., suggests. According to study results he presented at IDWeek 2016 on Oct. 28, the new test result may well show a viral load below 50 copies m/L, potentially altering the choices a clinician makes of how to approach that patient's care.

Published
09 November 2016
From
The Body Pro
30000 Jamaicans must receive HIV/AIDS treatment to meet WHO guidelines

Jamaica needs to increase the number of people known to be infected with HIV and AIDS who are receiving antiretroviral medication from approximately 9,000 to just over 30,000 – more than triple the current number – in order to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines of “Test and Treat”.

Published
01 November 2016
From
Jamaica Observer
Only a small proportion of gay men with HIV receive anal cancer screening

In the absence of national screening guidelines, only 11% of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the US received anal pap smears to detect anal cancer or

Published
31 October 2016
By
Liz Highleyman

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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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