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Largest HIV self-testing project launches in Africa

At the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), the Self-Testing Africa (STAR) project announced the launch of the largest HIV self-testing project ever seen in Africa. Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part, and in the first year alone, nearly 750,000 self-testing kits will be distributed. Over four years, an estimated 2.7 million kits will be made available to the people that need it.

Published
03 December 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection: what’s new

The 2015 guidelines includes 10 new recommendations to improve the quality and efficiency of services to people living with HIV. Implementation of the recommendations in these guidelines on universal eligibility for ART will mean that more people will start ART earlier.

Published
01 December 2015
From
World Health Organization
Barriers to progress – Treatment activists’ response to WHO HIV treatment guidelines 2015

Three issues that represent barriers to continued progress: community-led treatment education is inadequately supported and needs to be scaled up; people living in middle income countries are denied affordable access to essential medicines, such as dolutegravir; availability of routine viral load monitoring remains patchy.and limited in too many countries.

Published
01 December 2015
From
International Treatment Preparedness Coalition
Home-sampling can help tackle increasing rates of HIV infection

In order to realise the full benefits of testing for HIV, we need to improve access to testing outside of traditional clinics, reaching out to those who may not usually engage with their local sexual health service.

Published
25 November 2015
From
Public Health England
Dating apps join National HIV Testing Week

Grindr, Hornet, and PlanetRomeo are offering free advertising space for the European Test Finder, a website that helps men across the continent find a safe and convenient place to test for the virus.

Published
24 November 2015
From
Gay Times
Hospitals overlook every other person with HIV

A new study reveals that many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection. If tests were more widely used in healthcare, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, especially in Northern Europe.

Published
24 November 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Study: European hospitals often overlook HIV in patients presenting other diseases

While there are 2.5 million people in Europe who have HIV, researchers said many patients never get tested despite having diseases and conditions that indicate possible infection.

Published
23 November 2015
From
UPI.com
Free HIV home sampling launched to increase HIV testing

PHE launches first nationally available HIV kit for testing those at higher-risk as new figures show 18,100 people unaware they have HIV.

Published
18 November 2015
From
Public Health England
Routine viral load tests must be accessible for all

In Zambia, on 30 October, hundreds of people marched as part of a new campaign calling on African governments to make viral load tests routinely available to all citizens living with HIV. The campaign Be Healthy – Know your viral load was launched in Lusaka, and people living with HIV, treatment advocates and representatives from the participating countries* took part in a march which was flagged off by George Nyendwa, Mayor of Lusaka.

Published
10 November 2015
From
Key Correspondents
How do we maximise global HIV treatment access? IAPAC Care Continuum Guidelines make recommendations

IAPAC, the International Association of Practitioners in AIDS Care, has issued a set of guidelines that aims to establish a common set of best practices to ensure

Published
09 November 2015
By
Gus Cairns

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