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Zambian Health Minister - It’s not Mandatory HIV Testing

Government appears to have backed down on its decision to introduce mandatory testing for HIV in Zambia. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya clarified that what Government will be implementing is routine testing for HIV as part of diagnostic screening to be initiated by the health care provider.

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11 hours ago
From
Lusaka Times
Zambian President announces compulsory HIV testing

HIV Testing, Counselling and Treatment has been made compulsory in Zambia in all government-run health facilities, President Edgar Lungu today announced. He said the new policy measure is in response to the government’s HIV agenda of eradicating the virus by 2030.

Published
16 August 2017
From
CGTN Africa
No change in CDC's HIV screening recommendation for MSM

The CDC said it would not change its long-standing recommendation on how frequently to test men who have sex with men for HIV. The agency has recommended since 2006 that U.S. providers offer HIV screening to all sexually active MSM “at least annually".

Published
14 August 2017
From
Healio
HIV tests for GPs' new patients could save lives and money, says study

Researchers find fourfold increase in diagnosis rate when testing carried out as part of surgeries’ registration health check.

Published
31 July 2017
From
The Guardian
Can self-testing engage 'hard-to-reach' men with HIV testing?

Adding HIV self-testing as an additional option to a door-to-door programme offering HIV testing in Zambia boosted the uptake of HIV testing among men, younger adults and

Published
25 July 2017
By
Roger Pebody
High uptake of HIV self-testing by female sex workers in African countries

A year ago there was virtually no evidence on the acceptability and feasibility of HIV self-testing in female sex workers, but a series of presentations from Zimbabwe,

Published
25 July 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Programme to provide free self-tests helps gay men to test for HIV more often

Providing free HIV self-testing kits to gay and bisexual men is an effective way to increase the frequency with which men test for HIV and the number

Published
24 July 2017
By
Roger Pebody
High uptake of home-based HIV testing in Zambia, but repeat visits needed to get close to universal coverage

Preliminary results from PopART, a large-scale study of a universal test and treat approach to slowing the spread of HIV in southern Africa, show that a door-to-door

Published
11 July 2017
By
Roger Pebody
A sex worker's view on South Africa's latest plans to beat HIV

An open letter from a sex worker argues that the good intentions of South Africa's plan to end HIV infections will be undermined by the fact that sex work remains a criminal offence in South Africa. This means that sex workers remain vulnerable. They don’t have the right to protect themselves – for example from police violence and intimidation – or get the health care they need because they’re stigmatised by health workers.

Published
14 June 2017
From
Times (South Africa)
Study: 1 in 3 Patients Starts HIV Treatment Late in 10 Countries

A large team of international researchers has found 30 percent of HIV positive individuals in nearly a dozen countries delay starting life-saving drugs. A study spearheaded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the prevalence of HIV in Haiti, Vietnam, Nigeria, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Published
09 June 2017
From
Voice of America
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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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