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What is discouraging HIV testing among at-risk populations?

In line with US National HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 27th, we look at the signs and symptoms of the virus and discuss why many people are discouraged from being tested for HIV.

Published
26 June 2014
From
Medical News Today
High CD4s Neutralize Raised Risk of Stroke in People With HIV

People with HIV have a 40 percent greater chance of stroke than those without the virus; however, having high CD4 cells erases this increased risk.

Published
26 June 2014
From
Aidsmeds
People with HIV must receive earlier diagnoses

Local authorities are responsible for HIV testing in community and sexual health services, and to help them with this role, NICE has produced a local government public health briefing on the topic.

Published
25 June 2014
From
NICE
During ER visits, many patients test positive for HIV while in most infectious stage

Of 22,468 patients who were tested for HIV, 78 (0.28 percent) had new HIV diagnoses. Of those, 23 percent had acute HIV infections and 28 percent had a T-cell count below 200 or an opportunistic infection (in other words, had AIDS). Eight-two percent of patients with confirmed HIV did not have health insurance.

Published
25 June 2014
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Gay men who discuss HIV status with sexual partners are less likely to acquire HIV

A case-control study, examining the sexual behaviour of German gay men receiving HIV-negative and HIV-positive test results, identified two key factors which distinguish the groups – consistent condom

Published
18 June 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Children battle to access HIV testing in Zimbabwe

Young people with HIV are increasingly dying at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups. They are also less likely to get tested for the virus, as concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children, according to a recent study.

Published
10 June 2014
From
IRIN Plus News
‘Test’ Review: Dance Drama Ponders Survival in the Early Days of AIDS

This lovely and contemplative film examines the impact of the then-new HIV test on dancers in San Francisco in the mid-1980s.

Published
06 June 2014
From
The Wrap
Caution urged in Queensland HIV notification “spike” response

The media recently reported on data indicating that HIV notifications had increased to 93 cases, compared to 69 at the same time last year — a rise of 34 per cent. While headlines described “alarming” results and “dramatic spikes”, the increase could be due new HIV testing projects in the state.

Published
04 June 2014
From
Sydney Star Observer
Study shows prognostic value of viral load monitoring among people living with subtype C HIV in South Africa

Viral load is the single most important predictor of CD4 cell loss among people in South Africa who had not started HIV treatment, investigators report in

Published
02 June 2014
By
Michael Carter
Scaling up access to HIV testing through new technologies

What is HIV self-testing and what could it accomplish? This is the first question that a new UNAIDS/WHO technical update on self-testing for HIV addresses. The update aims to synthesize experiences, research and policies on HIV self-testing in order to inform stakeholders who are considering or already implementing such an approach.

Published
28 May 2014
From
UNAIDS

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