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1 in 2 people living with HIV in Europe is diagnosed late: ECDC and WHO urge improvement in testing practices

The HIV epidemic continues to rise at an alarming pace in the European Region, mostly in its eastern part, which is home to almost 80% of the 160 000 new HIV diagnoses. Over half (51%) of the reported HIV diagnoses happen in a late stage of infection and the proportion diagnosed late increases with age.

Published
28 November 2017
From
World Health Organization
Second HIV test helps prevent incorrect HIV diagnosis in infants

Confirmatory HIV testing can substantially reduce the number of infants in South Africa who may be falsely diagnosed as HIV-infected and started on unneeded treatment, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

Published
22 November 2017
From
EurekAlert (press release)
Who is taking an HIV test in England and where?

The range of settings in which people test for HIV has expanded significantly in recent years in England, according to a new Public Health England

Published
15 November 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Japan to offer free HIV testing in annual company health checks to encourage early detection

In a bid to encourage more people to undergo HIV tests, the health ministry is planning to offer testing as a free option during companies’ annual health checks. The free HIV test will be optional at the annual health checks companies carry out on employees, and the ministry will send the results directly to the patients instead of together with all of the usual health check data, the official said.

Published
30 October 2017
From
The Japan Times
Patients suffering injuries in low & middle-income countries have higher prevalence of HIV

Patients suffering injuries in low and middle-income countries have a higher prevalence of HIV than baseline populations. Given the fact that injuries most commonly occur in young adults, a population that is difficult to access for HIV services, opportunities to develop integrated HIV engagement strategies in injury care settings may exist.

Published
20 October 2017
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

"The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

Published
09 October 2017
From
MSMGF
HIV diagnoses on the rise among over-50s in Europe

Just over one in six people diagnosed with HIV in Europe between 2004 and 2015 was over 50 years of age, and new diagnoses in

Published
27 September 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Is DIY HIV testing the latest Cape Town trend?

It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test.

Published
11 September 2017
From
Bhekisisa
CDC, San Francisco providers disagree on HIV testing

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reaffirmed its recommendation that sexually active gay and bisexual men should undergo at least annual HIV screening, but some local providers advise more frequent HIV and sexually transmitted disease tests.

Published
07 September 2017
From
Bay Area Reporter
President of Zambia declares HIV testing mandatory

Zambia is moving forward with mandatory HIV testing for all patients who visit government health facilities, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya told The Lancet, confirming President Edgar Lungu's surprise announcement of the new policy in mid-August.

Published
04 September 2017
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
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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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