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Dr Philip Lee MP: Why we should screen immigrants for HIV and hepatitis B

Dr Philip Lee MP explains why he tabled an amendment to the Immigration bill concerning entry into the United Kingdom by migrants with HIV or hepatitis B. However while his amendment would have prevented migrants with an infectious disease from entering the country, in this newspaper article he suggests that he proposed a pre-entry screening programme that would allow people to be treated.

Published
04 February 2014
From
The Independent
HIV testing interventions should challenge fears of a positive result

Among gay and bisexual men in Glasgow, not having recently taken an HIV test is associated with being under the age of 25, over the age

Published
03 February 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Successful HIV drug resistance testing is possible when viral load is low

HIV drug resistance testing can perform well, even when viral load is as low as 250 copies/ml, results of two studies published in the online edition of

Published
27 January 2014
By
Michael Carter
Ongoing challenges in providing PMTCT in Kenya and Malawi

Ongoing systemic issues are affecting the implementation of the 2010 World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programmes in Kenya, according to a study

Published
24 January 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Significant attrition at each step of the HIV care 'cascade' in British Columbia

Patients are being lost at each stage of the HIV care ‘cascade’ in British Columbia, Canada. Investigators from the STOP HIV/AIDS Study group examined data from 1996

Published
23 January 2014
By
Michael Carter
Using Facebook to help trace and control the spread of an outbreak of syphilis

Public health workers in Milwaukee were frustrated by the inability of traditional methods—phone calls, field visits, mailing letters—to help them find people who may have been sexually exposed to people with syphilis. They have developed a way of contacting sexual partners via Facebook in addition to using traditional public health tools.

Published
22 January 2014
From
CATIE
Uptick in HIV Cases Worries San Francisco officials

After six years of steady decreases in new HIV cases in San Francisco, the end of that trend in 2012 is causing concern among local health officials.

Published
20 January 2014
From
Bay Area Reporter
Modelling study – self testing could lead to more HIV infections

If gay men replace clinic-based HIV testing with less sensitive home tests, the prevalence and incidence of HIV could rise, American researchers report in the January edition

Published
20 January 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Opt-out HIV testing for acute medical admissions to UK hospitals works

Opt-out HIV testing for general medical admissions to hospital is feasible, cost-effective and leads to the identification of previously undiagnosed infections, the experience of a large south London

Published
15 January 2014
By
Michael Carter
Computerised counselling for patients taking HIV therapy can reduce viral load, improve treatment adherence and reduce rates of risky sex

Computerised counselling can achieve reductions in viral load and HIV transmission risk behaviour, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired

Published
13 January 2014
By
Michael Carter

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