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Apps and Social Media Can Reach High-Risk HIV Populations

Mobile applications and social media platforms can be cheap and effective ways to deliver messages about HIV testing and adherence to therapy to people at high risk for HIV, experts said here at HIV Drug Therapy 2016.

Published
31 October 2016
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
Africa has an essential medicines list. Now it needs one for diagnostics

An essential diagnostics list would detail diagnostic tests that should be available to people who need them. These could range from point-of-care tests in physicians’ offices or in pharmacies to high-complexity tests in reference laboratories. The end result would be a health system where people were more accurately diagnosed and treated, where disease outbreaks could be identified earlier, and diagnostic tests performed according to a high standard.

Published
27 October 2016
From
The Conversation
Hospitals and GP practices fail to check for HIV

An investigation by BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme found that 82% of hospitals in high-prevalence areas in England were not offering HIV tests in accordance with British HIV Association guidelines. And 70% of local authorities in high prevalence areas in England do not fund all GP surgeries to test patients.

Published
12 October 2016
From
BBC
Cochrane says: Chlamydia screening may have very limited impact, but more research is needed

There is a strong rationale for systematic Chlamydia screening, and it is widely recommended and practised. Yet there are harms associated with the screening process, and, of course, serious concerns about its cost-effectiveness. This lends urgency to the question of whether Chlamydia screening works – addressed in a recently published systematic review for the Cochrane Database.

Published
04 October 2016
From
BMJ Group blogs
Kenyan churches demand HIV test for couples wanting to marry

Some Kenyan churches are demanding premarital HIV testing before weddings, a trend activists warn is infringing on the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Published
03 October 2016
From
The Catholic Register
Governor of California signs law requiring education about HIV-preventing PrEP drugs

Governor of California Jerry Brown today signed a law introducing education about PrEP into the standard routine for those undergoing HIV tests.

Published
30 September 2016
From
Pink News
The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_espkK-vLgc

Published
27 September 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease
Early infant HIV testing at birth and at 6 weeks of age will save lives, extend life expectancy and is cost-effective for South Africa, study finds

Early infant HIV diagnosis in South Africa will save lives, extend life expectancy and be cost-effective, according to a modelling study published in the online edition

Published
22 September 2016
By
Michael Carter
Spanish study gives reassurance: small HIV blips do not predict treatment failure

A very low viral load (20-49 copies/ml) during HIV therapy does not increase the risk of the subsequent virological failure of treatment (viral load above 200 copies/ml), according

Published
21 September 2016
By
Michael Carter
Dodgy kits give dodgy results

We are reminding people to be careful when ordering STI test kits or HIV self-test kits online and to always make sure medical devices used for sexual health has a CE mark and is bought from a legitimate online retailer.

Published
19 September 2016
From
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agenc

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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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